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Baltic Journal of European Studies

Tallinn Law School, Department of Law, School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology

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The EU’s Difficulty in Translating Interests into Effective Foreign Policy Action: A Look at the Ukraine Crisis

Nicholas Ross Smith
Published Online: 2014-05-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bjes-2014-0004

Abstract

The EU’s foreign policy response(s) to the unfolding Ukraine crisis has further illustrated its difficulty in making effective foreign policy decisions. Using a neoclassical realist analytical framework, this paper argues that although the EU did have tangible collective interests in pursuing its Ukraine foreign policy, it was unable to adequately filter these through its domestic setting. Three key constraints to the EU’s Ukrainian foreign policy> were identified: decision-makers ’ miscalculations; rigid normative demands; and a reliance on consensus politics. Ultimately, the Ukraine crisis illustrated that the EU, in current incarnation, cannot translate interests into effective foreign policies, even when making policy for their direct neighbourhood.

Keywords: EU foreign policy; neoclassical realism; Ukraine

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About the article

Nicholas Ross Smith

Nicholas Ross Smith is a PhD candidate in politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. His research interests predominately focus on EU foreign policy in their Eastern Neighbourhood and Russian foreign policy in the post-Soviet setting. Recent peer-reviewed articles have focussed on the external perceptions of the EU’s post-Lisbon action and the objective case for the EU enlarging further into the Western Balkans. A list of publications and current projects is available at http://auckland.academia.edu/NicholasRossSmith


Published Online: 2014-05-17

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Citation Information: Baltic Journal of European Studies, ISSN (Online) 2228-0596, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bjes-2014-0004.

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