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Monthly Archives: April 2014

EU and Russia: Worlds Apart?

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  The long history of relations between Russia and Europe is a complex one, having undergone vacillating shifts between periods of attraction and cooperation at times, and intense competition and mistrust at others (Giusti and Penkova 2012, Light and Allison 2006). Against this broad historical backdrop of ‘schizophrenic’ foreign policy relations, I argue that the […]

Explaining the EU’s “Model” Status in its Foreign Policy to Eradicate FGM: Supra-National Identity, Riding the Hegemonic Wave.

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Introduction “Why is the European Union (EU) still regarded as a model power in its efforts to abolish Female Genital Cutting within the African continent in spite of the poor records that exists within the EU itself”? My thesis in response to this is made up of two distinct arguments. First, I argue that the […]

Localising Norms: EU-ASEAN Norm Diffusion

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The years 2007 and 2009 were both monumental ones for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2007, the 10 ASEAN member states came together to sign the ASEAN Charter, an unprecedented agreement calling for all member states to work towards closer cooperation. The Charter conferred legal personality on ASEAN, and established its institutional […]

From a Worm to a Tiger – Does the EU need an Army?

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In December 1998, the heads of state of Britain and France met for a two-day summit in St-Malo, France, to discuss the defence policy of Europe. The result of the summit was heralded as a breakthrough, given the long-standing impasse between the two states with regards to that sensitive topic (Howorth, “European Integration” 1). The […]

The ghosts of Libya in Crimea: EU’s continued Weakness in Crisis Response.

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This post will demonstrate that the on-going crisis in the Crimea has once again exposed the EU’s weakness in crisis response by highlighting the inability of its member states to adopt a coherent and effective response to an external crisis. This is due to the structure of the Union where conflicting interests of member states […]

The failure of the Quint in handling the Crimean Crisis.

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The Russian annexation of Crimea has become one of the most widely talked about issues in foreign policy circles this year for a very good reason: Russia’s actions are seen as the biggest foreign policy challenge to the European Union since the founding of the Union in 1993. There are many different aspects to discuss […]

Success or Failure: EU’s economic diplomacy with lesser powers

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According to Baldwin, economic diplomacy is defined as the use of economic means by a state to achieve its interests and goals (Baldwin, 1985:8). The European Union, rather than relying on military might, believe strongly in civilian power and partake in economic diplomacy to enhance its position internationally. Various tenets of economic diplomacy include, but […]

EU’s Military Gazes to the Dark

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As the world and the European Union casts its gaze on the destabilizing situation in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Kharkiv in Ukraine, it reaffirms once more that international awareness could only be shaped by great power politics. In this case, it is the underhand tussle between the eagle, the bull and the bear. […]

Question of Strategic Partnership and the EU

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The question of strategic partnership has been brought up when assessing EU’s foreign policy relations with the United States, Russia, and China. In particular, the debate surrounds the EU’s ambiguous relationship with China, often marred by political hostility exhibited by the United States. EU-China relations have been officially declared as a strategic partnership. Does the EU […]


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