This timely collection is an important contribution to our understanding of the EU’s international relations during the last quarter century. Strategic Partnerships have increasingly become the neglected child of the EU foreign policy family. This volume is thus of historic and contemporary relevance.

Martin Holland, Professor and Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

At a time when the EU is struggling to position itself in a rapidly changing world, this comprehensive study of Strategic Partnerships is a very welcome contribution to our understanding of EU global diplomacy.

Sophie Vanhoonacker, Professor of Administrative Governance, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

With its focus on Strategic Partnerships, this book provides analysts studying Europe’s global role with overdue attention to an under-examined aspect of the EU’s diplomacy. The volume’s great strength is its comprehensiveness.

Richard Whitman, Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK

This book aims to provide a critical analysis of the nature of the EU’s strategic partnership diplomacy, and of the partnerships themselves, in the conditions of the 2020s. It links with key aspects of the EU’s Global Strategy; it brings together a strong list of experts who work within a clear framework for analysis; and it deals not only with the substance of the policy but also with the ways in which the policy as a whole has emerged, is conducted and might develop in the future.


Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira, Michael Smith (Eds.) (2021): The European Union’s Strategic Partnerships. Global Diplomacy in a Contested World,