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Introduction: The EU as International Mediator – Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

Bergmann, Julian, Haastrup, Toni, Niemann, Arne, Whitman, Richard G. (2018) Introduction: The EU as International Mediator – Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. International Negotiation, 23 (2). 157 -176. ISSN 1382-340X. E-ISSN 1571-8069. (doi:10.1163/15718069-23021158) (KAR id:64052)

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Abstract

In this introductory article, we conceptualise EU mediation practice and identify different conceptual and empirical perspectives from which EU mediation practice can be analysed. First, we briefly present different understandings of mediation in research and practice, and offer a definition and terminological/conceptual clarification of EU mediation practice that both covers EU mediation efforts and mediation support activities. Second, we present the institutional architecture for EU mediation activities. Third, we specify the focus of the special issue and derive a number of research questions that have not been sufficiently addressed in EU foreign policy studies and mediation research, yet. Based on these questions, we propose some tentative avenues for studying EU mediation along three key concepts: (1) drivers of EU mediation, (2) EU mediation roles and strategies, and (3) EU mediation effectiveness. Finally, we provide an overview of the contributions to this special issue.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/15718069-23021158
Uncontrolled keywords: EU Mediation, Mediation, EU Foreign Policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Toni Haastrup
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 21:31 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 10:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64052 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Haastrup, Toni: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6374-1389
Whitman, Richard G.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9105-4180
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