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Political Islam and Europe - Views from the Arab Mediterranean states and Turkey. CEPS Working Document, No. 264, 10 April 2007

Springborg, Robert. (2007) Political Islam and Europe - Views from the Arab Mediterranean states and Turkey. CEPS Working Document, No. 264, 10 April 2007. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    The social, political and economic power of moderate Middle East and North African Islamist movements has been growing for a generation or so. The question of how to deal with Islamists who reject violence, embrace democracy and outperform their competitors at the polls has therefore become a central concern not only of incumbent Middle East elites, but also of interested foreign actors such as the EU and US. Robert Springborg sees the need for the EU to clarify its policies towards the MENA region and Muslim democrats within it. The present lack of EU policies on engaging with moderate Islamists leads them to be at best curious about the EU and at worse to be suspicious of it. Engagement might itself help to contribute to policy formation in this important area, and serve as a vehicle to disseminate information about relevant EU policies.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Middle East
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Mediterranean/Union for the Mediterranean
    Countries > Turkey
    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 > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Working Documents
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2008
    Page Range: p. 22
    Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 12:15
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7387

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