EU Foreign Policy: The Iranian Nuclear Program Dissertation or Thesis

EU Foreign Policy: The Iranian Nuclear Program
A comprehensive examination of how the Iranian nuclear program illustrates the European Union's foreign and security policy.
# 154149 | 17,618 words | 71 sources | 2014 | RU
Published on Mar 30, 2015 in Business (Industries) , Economics (International)

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The EU common foreign and security policy has often been regarded as a most feeble part of the integration process, but the best way to assess its effectiveness and possible perspectives is to analyze its acting during international crises. The case of Iranian nuclear crisis presents a perfect example, since it is both a matter of regional stability and an issue of international security, namely, nuclear non-proliferation. The research aims at analyzing the Iranian case as an example of common European action and deriving its consequences for the European Union's common foreign and security policy. The objective is to find out, whether the EU is able to act successfully during international crises and if yes, which conditions should it meet to achieve its objectives.

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"The European Union's common foreign and security policy has often become a subject of research for scholars. The EU is a new formation; many say it is a sui generis formation with no precedents in world history. The EU is no international organization, no state - yet, it tries to act in a way, which has traditionally been reserved to states, namely in the sphere of international relations.
"The European common foreign and security policy has been studied quite often and mostly the discussion is about whether the EU has a potential to pursue an effective and active common foreign policy.
"The major objective of this research is to find out, using the case of Iranian nuclear crisis as an example, whether the EU may have potential for successful handling of international crises, and whether it could be spoken of a 'European approach" to issues of international peace and security. On the one hand, Iranian case demonstrates that the EU may act quite effectively on the international arena, but it remains unclear, whether this success is due to deepened cooperation among EU Member States and enhancement of CFSP's effectiveness or to some other reasons, and, consequently, whether it could have some lasting implications on European Union's common foreign policy. Iranian case here is of special interest, since it comprises both regional crisis (and EU relations with one particular country) and the global security issue, namely, the nuclear non-proliferation.
"The research regards European foreign policy as intergovernmental and realist in its core, and shall be based on the neorealist paradigm of international relations . Thus, it is presumed, that European CFSP is driven by Member States, namely, by the most powerful and influential, and the development of CFSP as well as common actions by the EU are driven by Member States' necessity to pursue their interests more effectively.
"In the research it shall be argued, that despite its intergovernmental nature, the EU common foreign policy may, in fact, be efficient and successful under certain circumstances and the EU may be regarded as an actor on the international arena. However, this happens not because of some institutional changes in the EU, but because Member States find this form more convenient for achievement of their goals."

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