The European Union : an international political actor in the making

Uzgören, Elif
This thesis analyzes the international political actorness of the Union with an emphasis on Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) to generate the international political actor capability on behalf of the Union. The European Community (EC) was an economic and a civilian power during the Cold War and was criticized as an economic giant but a political pygmy. The end of Cold War was both a challenge and an opportunity for the member states to reshape their consolidated form of integration and to politicize the economic actorness of the Union. Yet, the response came with the creation of CFSP as the second pillar in the newly established European Union (EU) to turn the presence and economic actorness of the Union to generate political actor capability. Yet, the CFSP has iiicrucial obstacles to generate the necessary international political actor capability on behalf of the Union. The objective of this thesis is to test whether the member states could devise the CFSP with the necessary instruments and mechanisms; whether they could delegate adequate competence to supranational institutions and whether the process should be underpinned with the necessary political will to generate the international political actor capability on behalf of the Union. A complementary aim of the thesis is to test whether the Union could become an international actor in the Mediterranean with the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.


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E. Uzgören, “The European Union : an international political actor in the making,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.