The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will play a ma-jor role in deciding the future of transatlantic security and defence, and may rekindle the debate on a new coalition of like-minded and highly capable states, with the EU and the US at its core. TTIP’s log-ic is geopolitical in nature, seeking to compete with a rising Asia, rather than betting on global normative convergence. It is more than a game-changer, but the best chance the transatlantic West has to advance a liberal world order for the 21st century. TTIP may have a rather unpredictable impact on the future of the EU. Whether it will reinforce the EU’s path towards federalism, or undermine it, will become one of the most important side effects of TTIP. Click here for more information.
Dr. Simon Duke, The European External Action Service and Public Diplomacy, Clingendael Discussion Papers in Diplomacy no. 127, September 2013
This paper by Dr. Simon Duke (Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration) contributes to a hitherto rather neglected field of research. It examines the evolution of public diplomacy in the EU’s external actions generally and, more specifically, in the context of the evolving EEAS. It argues that there is an urgent need for better coordination and streamlining of the Service’s public diplomacy efforts and that this should be complemented by due attention to the related strategic and resource issues. The more critical observations are balanced by the recognition that much has already been achieved and that there are some notable success stories. For those with an interest in the policy implications of the advent of the EEAS on public diplomacy, a number of specific recommendations are offered for consideration. Click here for more information.