During the last two decades the study of European foreign policy has experienced remarkable growth, presumably reflecting a more significant international role of the European Union. The Union has significantly expanded its policy portfolio and though empty symbolic politics still exists, the Union’s international relations have become more substantial and its foreign policy more focused. European foreign policy has become a dynamic policy area, being adapted to changing challenges and environments, such as the Arab Spring, new emerging economies/powers; the crisis of multilateralism and much more. The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, Two-Volume set, is a major reference work for Foreign Policy Programmes around the world. The Handbook is designed to be accessible to graduate and postgraduate students in a wide variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Both volumes are structured to address areas of critical concern to scholars at the cutting edge of all major dimensions of foreign policy. The volumes are composed of original chapters written specifically to the following themes: • Research traditions and historical experience • Theoretical perspectives• EU actors• State actors• Societal actors• The politics of European foreign policy• Bilateral relations• Relations with multilateral institutions• Individual policies• Transnational challenges The Handbook will be an essential reference for both advanced students and scholars.

The EU and the United Nations

The EU and the United Nations
Katie Verlin Laatikainen


In New York City, real estate is everything, and it is a highly revealing metaphor for the European Union's (EU) position and operations at the United Nations (UN). In the early 1990s, the Delegation of the European Commission to the UN occupied a modest suite of offices in a small building at the Dag Hammskjöld Plaza on 47th Street, surrounded by skyscrapers that were filled with member state missions to the UN. While well- appointed and conveniently close to the UN, the rooms had no views to speak of. The delegation of about 20 people (diplomats, administrative, and local staff) was sufficient for carrying out ...

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