The EU’s Interpretation of the ‘Arab Uprisings’: Understanding the Different Visions about Democratic Change in EU-MENA Relations

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This article focuses on how the EU has interpreted the Arab uprisings as they unfolded in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since December 2010. EU actors have long acknowledged limits in the EU’s strategy towards its southern neighbourhood, which largely bypasses the demands of local populations. The article analyzes the EU’s efforts at recreating an ‘enhanced’ framework of support for political reforms in the south. It concludes that the EU and local partners in the south still have different ‘visions’ regarding democratic change, which shows the limitations of the EU’s understanding of the MENA region.
TidsskriftJournal of Common Market Studies
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)969-984
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2014

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