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The High Representative for the EU Foreign and Security Policy – Review and Prospects

The High Representative for the EU Foreign and Security Policy – Review and Prospects

Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet / Carolin Rüger (eds.)

The High Representative for the EU Foreign and Security Policy – Review and Prospects

In 1999, the European Union appointed its first High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) as part of an effort to provide Europe with a more pronounced profile and greater voice in world affairs.

This book undertakes the first systematic examination of this important office within the framework of CFSP governance. By considering the topic from various perspectives, it explores the ways in which the first appointee to the position, Javier Solana, shaped and expanded the role of his new office. 

The articles examine the structures and services that Solana put in place as well as his at times contentious relationship with other central players in CFSP. It also investigates what international role Solana sought for the EU and where he placed his political and regional priorities. Solana’s accomplishments are the standard by which his successor, Catherine Ashton, will be measured now that the office has been fundamentally enhanced through the Treaty of Lisbon.

The contributions

  • Cristina Gallach: Preface and Personal Remarks
  • Elfriede Regelsberger: The High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy – Treaty Provisions in Theory and Practice 1999-2009
  • Simon Duke: Under the Authority of the High Representative
  • Hylke Dijkstra: Solana and his Civil Servants: An Overview of Political-Administrative Relations
  • Cornelius Adebahr: From Competitors to Deputies: How the EU Special Representatives Integrated into the Solana System
  • Rikard Bengtsson and David Allen: Exploring a Triangular Drama: The High Representative, the Council Presidency and the Commission
  • Franco Algieri: Understanding Differences: An Attempt to Describe Javier Solana’s View of the EU's International Role
  • Bernhard Stahl: The EU as a Peace-Making Power in the Western Balkans – Solana’s Focal Point?
  • Claudia Major: Pulling the Strings behind the Scenes – but never against the Member States: Solana’s Role in the Launch of EU Military Operations
  • Carolin Rüger: A Position under Construction: Future Prospects of the High Representative after the Treaty of Lisbon
  • Fraser Cameron: The EU’s External Action Service – Golden or Missed Opportunity?
  • Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet and Carolin Rüger: The Legacy of Javier Solana, the High Representative 2.0 and the European External Action Service: Strong Foundations for the EU’s International Role?

The editors

Bibliographic information

  • Nomos Publishers (Baden-Baden)
  • Published in May 2011
  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • ISBN: 978-3-8329-6002-5
  • € 54.00 (in Germany)