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This chapter focuses on where gender can be found within European External Action Service (EEAS) structures and whether this provides a foundation for gender mainstreaming within foreign, security and defence policies. It explores gender not only in the societies the EEAS engages with, but also that the EEAS acts as a positive example through a gender awareness in its in-house gender norms, personnel practices, training and resources. This chapter describes the challenges for the EEAS in entrenching gender into its core. It defines a variety of gaps in the research, including structural and normative impediments to mainstreaming gender, training, resource allocation, perceptions of gender and gender mainstreaming within the EEAS and the member states, and intersectionality, which in turn links to the overall agenda of diversity. The Treaty of Lisbon gives little detail on the structure and workings of the EEAS.