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The European Union and Democracy in the Arab-Muslim World. CEPS Middle East & Euro-Med Working Paper No. 2, November 2002

Youngs, Richard. (2002) The European Union and Democracy in the Arab-Muslim World. CEPS Middle East & Euro-Med Working Paper No. 2, November 2002. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Democracy should be conceived as an important element of European strategic policy towards North Africa and the Middle East, but the complex prerequisites to its stabilityenhancing potentiality also recognised. While EU policy has come to incorporate such a perspective, its approach to democracy promotion in the Arab-Muslim world has remained tentative and nebulous in its conceptualisation of how stable and sustainable political change can best be encouraged. A summary of European democracy and human rights aid projects reveals the notable extent to which these have expanded, but also raises concerns over imbalances in the profile of EU political aid. In sum, this calls for a number of changes to EU policy that broaden the understanding of how different levels of policy instruments can dovetail together in a more comprehensive and sophisticated approach to democracy promotion.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-North Africa/Maghreb
    EU policies and themes > External relations > human rights & democracy initiatives
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Middle East
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > Middle East and Euro-Med Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2004
    Page Range: p. 28
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:20
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1961

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