The Frontiers of Europe: A Transatlantic Problem?

Brookings Institution Press
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As the European Union tries to increase both its visibility and its impact on the world stage, it cannot overlook the fact that until now enlargement has formed its most successful foreign policy. But is the EU's enlargement strategy still relevant today? Have the economic crisis and the speculative attack on the euro made the enlargement policy more uncertain?

In The Frontiers of Europe, an international cast of leading experts and policymakers examine the EU's prospective borders from new perspectives. Indeed, the frontiers of Europe are as much a matter of values and the EU's international credibility as they are a matter of geographic definition. The contributors highlight the considerable yet different interests of the United States and Russia in the EU's enlargement strategy, paying special attention to the likely effects on the future of U.S.-EU relations.

This comprehensive volume focuses not only on the European Union's outward expansion, but also on the internal dynamics within EU states and those states' abilities to deal with pressing issues such as terrorism, immigration, internal crime, and energy security. The EU must prioritize stability in both its enlargement strategy and its relations with the broader international neighborhood. The book raises a note of caution, however: as governance challenges increase, the EU's attention increasingly draws inward, thus diminishing its soft power.

The Frontiers of Europe is important reading for anyone trying to understand the current geopolitical landscape of Europe and what it means for the rest of the world.

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Federiga Bindi holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she is founding director of the Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence. She is also professor at the Italian National School of Public Administration (SSPA) and a senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Irina Angelescu is a researcher with the Brookings Institution's Center on the United States and Europe.

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Brookings Institution Press
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Aug 18, 2011
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303
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ISBN
9780815721567
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English
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Political Science / International Relations / Diplomacy
Political Science / International Relations / General
Political Science / International Relations / Treaties
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