The Remaking of the Euro-Mediterranean Vision. Challenging Eurocentrism with Local Perceptions in the Middle East and North Africa

This edited collection is a timely and in-depth perception analysis of Euro-Mediterranean relations and the EU policy actions towards the Mediterranean region. The book takes as its departure point the recent geopolitical developments in the Middle East and North Africa, urging the renewal of a Euro-Mediterranean partnership while challenging the ‘Eurocentric orientation of EU policies’ – a critical factor which explains why the EU has been unable to adjust its policies to the region’s fast-changing complexities. The volume subsequently introduces the findings of an elite survey conducted between 2017–2018 with local stakeholders in 9 countries in the Mediterranean. The findings and policy recommendations presented in the book aim to contribute to making EU policies more responsive to major challenges in the region, more flexible on the multilateral and the bilateral level and more inclusive of key stakeholders. This book will interest EU policy-makers, civil society, academics and researchers on EU policy, as well as IR experts in general.

Bern [etc.], Peter Lang, 2019, 309 p.
978-3-631-77568-4; 978-3-631-77950-7 (Pdf); 9978-3-631-77951-4 (e-Pub); 978-3-631-77952-1 (Mobi); 10.3726/b15448
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Abbreviations, p. 9-11
Preface / Aybars Görgülü, p. 13-14
Introduction / Zeynep Gülöz Bakır and Gülşah Dark Kahyaoğlu, p. 15-26
1. An Outlook on Tunisian Elite Stakeholders’ Perspectives on the EU and its Policy Preferences in Tunisia and the Mediterranean / Robert P. Parks and Zeynep Gülöz Bakır, p. 27-57
2. Attitudes towards the EU and its Presence in the Mediterranean: Perceptions of Elite Actors in Turkey / Gülşah Dark Kahyaoğlu, p. 59-94
3. Egyptian Elite’s Views on Egypt, and its Relations with the EU / ASI-REM staff researchers, p. 95-116
4. EU–Iran Relations: Iranian Perceptions and European Policy / David Ramin Jalilvand, p. 117-145
5. Lebanese Elites’ Views on Lebanon and its Relations with the EU / Karina Goulordava and ASI-REM staff researchers, p. 147-169
6. Israel, the EU, and the Mediterranean: Understanding the Perceptions of Israeli Elite Actors / Nimrod Goren, Eyal Ronen and Emi̇r Bayburt, p. 171-207
7. Revisiting the Role of the EU in the Neighbourhood: Moroccan Elite Perceptions on the EU and Its Policy Impact in the Mediterranean / Gülşah Dark Kahyaoğlu, Omar Iharchane, Samir Bennis and Zeynep Gülöz Bakır, 209-235
8. Saudi Arabia’s Relations with the EU and Its Perception of EU Policies in MENA / Sabi̇ha Senyücel Gündoğar, p. 237-263
9. Towards a Viable EU–Gulf Engagement: Qatari Perceptions of the EU and Its Policies in the Region / Aybars Görgülü, p. 265-294
Conclusions, p. 295-303
Authors, p. 305-309

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