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Fariborz Zelli

Fariborz Zelli

Associate professor

Fariborz Zelli

Europa in der Weltpolitik. Juniorpartner der USA oder antihegemoniale Alternative

Europe in World Politics. Junior partner of the United States or anti-hegemonic alternative?


  • Volker Rittberger
  • Fariborz Zelli

Summary, in English

The authors argue that the currently debated options of a future European foreign policy towards the United States – either providing an anti-hege­monic alternative (balancing) or being Washington’s junior partner (band­wagoning) – lack both theoretical foundation and practical feasibility. In­stead, in order to be acknowledged as a major player in world politics, the EU should adopt a strategy which – in accordance with the principal-agent model – promotes Europe’s “speaking with one voice”, based on the on­going agreement of the principals on the EU’s role as a civilian power. How­ever, the Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, which has recently been presented by the European Convention, falls significantly short of the institutional reforms necessary to pursue such a strategy.

Publishing year





Die Friedens-Warte





Document type

Journal article


  • Political Science


  • European Union
  • United States
  • foreign policy
  • transatlantic relations