Karen Smith

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    Post-Brexit diplomacy: Can the UK hope to exert leverage at the UN without recourse to the EU?

Post-Brexit diplomacy: Can the UK hope to exert leverage at the UN without recourse to the EU?

The UK is generally recognised as a major player in international diplomacy, and is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. But how might Brexit impact on its status at the UN, and will the country be a stronger or weaker force on the international stage after leaving the EU? Megan Dee and Karen E. […]

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    Left out in the cold: Brexit, the EU and the perils of Trump’s world

Left out in the cold: Brexit, the EU and the perils of Trump’s world

The UK is a world leader on foreign policy, but Brexit has the potential to alter the country’s ability to make its voice heard on the global stage. Karen E Smith writes that while the EU itself will also suffer from Brexit, paradoxically, Donald Trump’s election may stiffen the EU’s resolve to act on climate change and the nuclear deal with […]

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Would Brexit spell the end of European defence?

Alongside France, the UK is generally viewed as one of the most important actors in EU defence policy. Karen E. Smith assesses what impact the UK leaving the EU might have in the area of defence. She writes that a Brexit would not spell the end for common European defence as a whole, particularly given the UK’s gradual withdrawal […]

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The EU requires a new approach at the United Nations if it is to avoid punching below its weight in negotiations.

How successful is the European Union at winning support in the United Nations? Karen E. Smith notes that as a significant voting bloc of 28 states, and as one of the primary contributors to the UN’s budget, the EU should be well placed to gain support within the UN’s decision-making processes. Despite this, EU states have often struggled to gain […]

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The EU’s recent foreign policy record has been poor, with Europe as a whole losing ground in the global system. Why are European politicians and civil servants unwilling to do more to improve performance?

The European Council on Foreign Relations recently launched a Scorecard that evaluates the EU’s influence and role in over eighty foreign policy areas, which then boil down into six key themes. Karen E.Smith finds the exercise useful in highlighting issues for concern, and in perhaps persuading European leaders to engage with foreign policy failings. The last year has been a […]

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