Et Arabisk Initiativ?

Jon Clausen, Lene Maul Greve & Anne Herholdt

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Just three years after Bashar Al-Assad became the new president in Syria and the rather closed Syrian state started to open up, the Danish foreign ministry initiated a new foreign policy strategy directed at the Middle East, The Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP). DAPPs aim is not only to support Arab reform initiatives, but also to do this through an approach focused on dialogue and with respect for local history and culture. DAPPs focus on youth, freedom and good and participatory governance encouraged us to take a closer look at the ideas of political development that actually was at stake when these values met the values of Syrian youth, values who might be different from that of DAPP . By comparing DAPP with a self conducted qualitative research of seven young Syrians, we found that their goals are to some extent remarkably similar in terms of reform, but that they also put emphasis on other values than DAPP. With family and Islam as emphasized values and obstacles to the young people along with some degree of skepticism towards unlimited freedom, it seems as though the values described in DAPP does not fully embrace the values of the people in the Middle East or more precisely Syria. We therefore approached the idea of political development in DAPP by criticizing it for being a part of a western discourse of development; however, its dialogic and cultural respectful approach to development gives reason to argue that DAPP conquers this critique as it creates a space for mutual adaptation. It is, however, difficult to imagine that a western strategy would agree on a compromise in terms of limiting freedoms of expression and individuality that in a discourse perspective have been viewed as universal.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 jun. 2010


  • Initiativ
  • Arabic
  • Dansk udenrigspolitik
  • Syrien
  • Development
  • Arabisk
  • Udvikling
  • Syria