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Mediation has evolved into an important instrument of EU foreign and security policy. This introductory chapter makes the case for studying the EU’s effectiveness as international mediator and explains the overall rationale and approach of the book. It traces the emergence of the EU as an actor in international mediation as well as the development of EU mediation capacities since the 1990s. Based on a conceptualisation of EU mediation, it explains how the book addresses significant research gaps both in mediation research and EU foreign policy studies. Following the presentation of the research design and methodological approach of the book, the chapter concludes by introducing the three cases of EU mediation that are further examined in the case study chapters.
KeywordsEU mediation Mediation effectiveness EU foreign and security policy
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