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Winding Up the Machine: How the UK Engages with the CFSP

  • Nicholas Wright
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Part of the New Perspectives in German Political Studies book series (NPG)

Abstract

This chapter examines what happens when Britain pursues its policy objectives in the CFSP. It discusses British relationships and engagement with key partners, particularly France and Germany, and the issue areas where it seeks to exercise most influence. In particular, the chapter discusses the British ‘narrative’ of CFSP: a defensive engagement intended to prevent either the CFSP’s intergovernmental character or the primacy of NATO from being undermined; and how successful it has been in securing these aims. Overall, the chapter argues that British concerns have largely focused on minimising the CFSP as a potential ‘competitor’ in the achievement of its foreign policy aims and its relationship with other key actors, most notably NATO, particularly in recent years.

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  • Nicholas Wright
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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