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Euro-Mediterranean relations and the Arab Spring. EU Centre Background Brief No. 6, October 2011

Knoops, Vera (2011) Euro-Mediterranean relations and the Arab Spring. EU Centre Background Brief No. 6, October 2011. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    This background paper begins with a reflection on Euro- Mediterranean relations from the 1970s to the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean initiative in 2008. Many analysts believe that the recent events in the Middle East / North Africa (popularly referred to as the Arab Spring) is a test for the future of Euro- Mediterranean relations. Some scholars have even gone as far as to suggest that the unfolding of these events, in which the EU was caught unprepared, reflect a failure of the EU’s neighbourhood policy in promoting democracy and human rights. As the countries in Middle East and North Africa undergo difficult transitions toward democracy, it is time that the EU reflects on its policy and rethinks its approach in engaging that region. The paper concludes with some reflections on the EU’s longer term concerns and interests in the region, and consequences of the Arab Spring on the EU-Mediterranean partnership.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Mediterranean/Union for the Mediterranean
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Middle East
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-North Africa/Maghreb
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > National University of Singapore, EU Centre > Background Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 13:41
    Number of Pages: 25
    Last Modified: 22 Mar 2012 13:53
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/33653

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