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"E.C.-U.M.A.: A Greater Framework for Dialogue"

Fannin, Colleen and Lachapelle, Philippe. (1991) "E.C.-U.M.A.: A Greater Framework for Dialogue". In: UNSPECIFIED, Fairfax, Virginia. (Unpublished)

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    When one thinks of the European community (E.C.) and its relationship with the countries of North Africa, many aspects come to mind. Since the independence of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, relations have revolved around trade, the economic, social and cultural aspects of North African labor migration to the E.C., and tourism. More recently an issue on either side of the Mediterranean has been North African worry about the E.C. response to the opening up of Eastern Europe and E.C. anxiety over the North African response to the Gulf Crisis. In the long run, however, two factors will remain central to the future of E.C. - North African relations within the context of a 'New World Order: 1) trade relations and 2) the European perception of Islam as a force for change in the Maghreb. The objective of this paper is to illustrate the evolution of trade relations between the two regions to date and to show that E.C. 1992 represents the first real structural change in trade relations since Maghreb independence. Secondly, the paper will offer some observations about Islam as a social and political force having the potential to serve as a stabilizing factor in the region and thus requiring a more sophisticated understanding on the part of European interests.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: U.M.A. - Maghreb Arab Union.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Other > religion-general (also see EU-Islam)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-North Africa/Maghreb
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1991 (2nd), May 22-24, 1991
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 20
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:46

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