The search for a coherent strategic diplomacy in EU foreign policy

The most important lesson that the still infant European External Action Service should take from the 'Arab Spring', according to Professor Michael Smith, is that it failed to do 'on the ground humanitarian work' and did not manage to produce agreement between the member states on strategic diplomatic initiatives. In an interview by Cristian Nitoiu from Loughborough University, Professor Smith evaluates the development of the External Actions and the goal of creating a coherent strategic diplomacy within the European Union's foreign policy. The interview covers the European Union's engagement in the recent revolutions in North Africa and its relations with China.

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