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Europe under occupation: the European diplomatic community of practice in the Jerusalem area

Bicchi, Federica (2016) Europe under occupation: the European diplomatic community of practice in the Jerusalem area. European Security, 25 (4). pp. 461-477. ISSN 0966-2839

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09662839.2016.1237942


This article shows how the existence of a community of European practitioners in the Jerusalem area gives substance to the European stance on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The often-stated European Union (EU) support for a two-state solution could appear meaningless in the absence of peace negotiations. However, European diplomats (i.e. diplomats of EU member states and EU officials) in the East Jerusalem–Ramallah area are committed to specific practices of political resistance to Israeli occupation and recognition of Palestinian institutions. These practices have led not only to a specific political geography of diplomacy, but also to a community of practice, composed of European diplomats and based on their daily experience of resisting occupation and bestowing recognition. It is this group of officials who represent and actively “do” Europe’s position and under occupation.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 15:06
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2020 23:45

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