Introduction. New Challenges for the EU in the Arab Mediterranean and the Revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy

Peter Seeberg, Musa Shteiwi

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Abstract

This Introduction presents a conceptual framework for the Thematic Issue of European Foreign Affairs Review and sets the analytical scene for the contributions. The point of departure for the articles is the launching of a comprehensive review of the European Neighbourhood Policy 18 November 2015.
The review emphasizes that ongoing transition processes are affecting the Mediterranean states, leading to a complex and differentiated Middle Eastern reality, which challenges the EU and calls for a rethinking of European foreign and security policies. A key notion of the review is the term ‘stabilization’ and it is underlined that causes of instability not only can be found within a traditional
security domain, but also should be traced back to weak economic and social development, migration, lack of opportunities, etc. The Introduction discusses theoretical paradigms of relevance for analysing recent perspectives of EU-Mediterranean cooperation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Foreign Affairs Review
Volume22
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages18
ISSN1384-6299
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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