Tipping the Balance Towards Intra-Maghreb Unity in Light of the Arab Spring

In the late 1980s, prospects for Maghreb integration were high; the process of integration reflected the aspirations of Maghreb states and societies. However, analysis shows that the process was merely a response to internal and external events of that period, namely, economic difficulties, 'fortress Europe', and the rise of radical Islamism. Following the Arab Spring, incessant calls for unity have re-emerged. Once again, these calls for unity, after a long period of tense relations, especially between Algeria and Morocco, have resulted from internal and external constraints. The threats to the incumbent regimes and/or the insecurity prevailing domestically and at the borders have compelled the Maghreb states to seek greater cooperation to overcome the hardships with which they are faced.
Keywords: Arab Maghreb Union, Arab Spring, Maghreb cooperation, regional integration

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p. 83-99
Numero: 
47/3
ISBN/ISSN/DOI: 
10.1080/03932729.2012.700024
Data pubblicazione: 
14/09/2012

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