Study of Approaches to Danish-Arab Dialogue: Theory and Practice

Michelle Pace, Rikke Hostrup Haugbølle, Jørgen Skrubbeltrang, Jonas Agerbæk Jeppesen, Rikke Kristine Nielsen

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This study responds to previous critique of the ‘dialogue objective’ of the Danish Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP). The ‘dialogue objective’ specifically refers to the second objective of the DAPP which is ‘to improve dialogue, understanding and cooperation between Denmark and the MENA region (the Middle East and North Africa)’.1 A 2009 review and an evaluation conducted in 2013 both concluded that the DAPP ‘dialogue objective’ needed to be further
clarified. Following from this critique the present study examines the ‘dialogue objective’.
The study was given the following three aims:
1. To analyse dialogue assumptions and approaches of DAPP interventions.
2. To review academic state-of-the-art theories on and methods for promoting dialogue.
3. To create tools for improving and documenting dialogue interventions.
In the concluding remarks the study points to the need for future studies of dialogue within other modalities than the partnership modality, the impact of the ‘dialogue objective’ and a closer study of dialogue under the reform objective. Finally, the study suggests a future reconsideration of the overall frame of the DAPP, establishing a more self-confident narrative about the Danish experience of dialogue which could inform EU foreign policy, and considering the potential of dialogic interaction with new and old drivers of transition and
democratisation in the MENA region for future engagement with the area.
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StatusUdgivet - 11 jun. 2015

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