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Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics

Europe and Iran’s Nuclear Crisis

Lead Groups and EU Foreign Policy-Making

Authors: Alcaro, Riccardo

  • Offers an understanding of the EU's role in Iran's nuclear crisis Studies the relationship between national foreign policies and EU foreign policy 
  • Provides a nuanced appreciation of the EU as a foreign policy actor
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This book investigates the European involvement in managing the nuclear dispute with Iran, shedding new light on EU foreign policy-making. The author focuses on the peculiar format through which the EU managed Iran’s nuclear issue: a ‘lead group’ consisting of France, Germany and the UK and the High Representative for EU foreign policy (E3/EU). The experience of the E3/EU lends credibility to the claim that lead groups give EU foreign policy direction and substance. The E3/EU set up a negotiating framework that worked as a de-escalating tool, a catalyst for Security Council unity and a forum for crisis management. They inflicted pain on Iran by adopting a comprehensive sanctions regime, but did so only having secured US commitment to a diplomatic solution. Once the deal was reached, they defended it vigorously. The E3/EU may have been supporting actors, but their achievements were real. 

About the authors

Riccardo Alcaro is Research Coordinator and Head of the Global Actors Programme of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Italy. He has been a visiting fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe of the Brookings Institution. Riccardo holds a PhD from the University of Tuebingen.

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“Riccardo Alcaro has produced a superbly researched and written book making a major contribution to the study of EU foreign policy. A must read for anyone wishing to understand the intricacies of the EU’s major foreign policy success to date – the E3/3 nuclear deal with Iran – as well as the specific role that lead groups play in the making of such policy.” (Nathalie Tocci, Director of the International Affairs Institute (IAI), Italy and Personal Advisor to High Representative Mogherini)

“In his outstanding analysis of the role of EU lead groups in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear power programme, Alcaro combines fascinating historical detail with thought-provoking theoretical reflection. Whatever happens to the further development of EU foreign policy, the important role of lead groups will not go away, and this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how they work.” (Professor Thomas Diez, University of Tübingen, Germany)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: The E3/EU Iran Group

    Alcaro, Riccardo

    Pages 1-20

  • The Theory: Lead Groups and EU Foreign Policy-Making

    Alcaro, Riccardo

    Pages 23-57

  • The History: The 2003–16 Iran Nuclear Crisis

    Alcaro, Riccardo

    Pages 59-90

  • The Bargain: How the E3/EU Came About

    Alcaro, Riccardo

    Pages 93-115

  • The Discourse: Why the E3/EU Endured

    Alcaro, Riccardo

    Pages 117-140

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-74298-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-319-74297-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Europe and Iran’s Nuclear Crisis
Book Subtitle
Lead Groups and EU Foreign Policy-Making
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74298-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74298-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74297-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 293
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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