The foreign relations of Ireland are substantially influenced by its membership of the European Union, although bilateral relations with the United States and United Kingdom are also important to the state. It is one of the group of smaller nations in the EU, and has traditionally followed a non-aligned foreign policy. Ireland has historically tended towards independence in foreign military policy, thus it is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and has a longstanding policy of military neutrality, although this has been significantly whittled away the last decades.
Many smaller countries outside the EU are represented in Ireland through their Ambassador in London. For EU Ambassadors it is a relatively junior to mid-level posting.