Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union (CFSP)

Research project, supported by the Deutsche Forschungs­ge­mein­schaft (German Research Foundation)

“The Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union — inter­gov­ern­mental network or collective actor”

Project Team: Dr. Mathias Jopp (IEP) (Leitung); PD Dr. Peter Schlotter (HSFK) (Leitung); Dr. Elfriede Regels­berger (IEP); Dr. Matthias Dembinski (HSFK); Jan Reckmann (IEP); Wolfgang Brauner (HSFK); Alexandra Krause (HSFK).

Project Brief: This is a joint project of the IEP and the Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konflik­t­forschung (HSFK/Peace Research Institute Frankfurt). It is supported by the German Research Foundation in the framework of its programme “Gover­nance in the European Union”. The project team analyses the devel­opment of CFSP from the Maastricht Treaty up to the present and asks whether the European Union is gradually becoming a collective actor that is capable of devel­oping joint prefer­ences, as well as the ability to act in a coherent and consistent way vis-à-vis other actors. It also asks for the alter­na­tives, i.e. whether the CFSP basically remains a distinct diplo­matic inter­gov­ern­mental network with only limited capac­ities to develop into a collective actor.

The findings of the project were published in 2007:

Mathias Jopp/ Peter Schlotter (eds.), Kollektive Außen­politik — Die Europäische Union als inter­na­tionaler Akteur, Nomos Baden-Baden 2007.

Dr. Mathias Jopp
Dr. Elfriede Regelsberger
Esther Wegner

On CFSP also see study group “European Foreign Policy-Making”, as well as research projects: “The Northern Dimension of the CFSP” and “Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Integration von Streitkräften in der EU / Prospects and Limita­tions of the Integration of Armed Forces in the European Union.”