Europe in the New Middle East: Opportunity or Exclusion

Europe in the New Middle East: Opportunity or Exclusion

by Richard Youngs


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This book examines the European Union's response to the Arab spring, from late 2010 to the beginning of 2014. It investigates how far the EU changed its policies towards the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the aftermath of the Arab spring, and what impact European policies had in either helping or hindering democratization reforms during this period. It also explores what impact the Arab spring had on European security and economic interests.

Analytically, the book unpacks the factors that best explain EU policy choices in the Middle East since 2010. It highlights how the responses to the Arab spring have changed the governance dynamics of the EU-Middle East relationship. The book assesses how far the EU foreign policy has succeeded in meeting the challenge of the Arab spring.

Oxford Studies in Democratization

Series editor: Laurence Whitehead

Oxford Sutdies in Democratization is a series for scholars and students of comparative politics and related disciplines. Volumes will concentrate on the comparative study of the democratization process that accompanied the decline and termination of the cold war. The geographical focus of the series will primarily be Latin America, the Caribbean, Southern and Eastern Europe, and Southern and Eastern Asia.

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ISBN-13: 9780199647040
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard Youngs is senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a professor of international relations at the University of Warwick. He was previously director of the think-tank FRIDE; an EU Marie Curie Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for International Relations; and senior analyst at the UK Foreign Office. He is author of seven previous books on different aspects of EU foreign policy, the Middle East and democratization.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the challenge of a new Middle East
2. Five analytical narratives
3. The redrawn contours of the Middle East
4. Prior to the upheavals
5. Redemption: helping transitions
6. Revisionist reflex: hindering transitions
7. The fading spectre of radicalism?
8. Syria, Iran and geopolitical upheavals
9. Libya: conflict and reconstruction
10. Economic and energy interests
11. The Arab-Israeli conflict: catalyst?
12. Conclusions

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