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EU Democracy Promotion and the Dominance of the Security-Stability Nexus’

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The article analyses the EU's approach for democracy promotion in Tunisia and Egypt in the wake of the Arab uprisings. Contrary to arguments that focus either on the EU institutions and member states or on the domestic policies of the targeted countries and see the post-2010 EU democracy promotion strategies as a continuation of previous programs, the article follows a more eclectic approach. By considering changes both at the EU and the international level, it argues that the EU appears as a pragmatic yet more flexible and reactive international actor. After 2010, the EU frames for democracy promotion have changed and are differentiated in the two MENA countries. Crucial to this cognitive change is the EU Global Strategy (EUGS) and the role that domestic elites have played in the two case studies.

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  • EUROPEAN NEIGHBORHOOD POLICY, ARAB UPRISINGS, GOVERNANCE, ARABELLIONS, PERSPECTIVE, DISCOURSE, WAKE
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-82
Number of pages21
JournalMediterranean Politics
Volume23
Issue number1
Early online date9 Aug 2017
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Publication statusPublished - 2018