Posts tagged with "EU"



In this talk, I will challenge the notion that the European Union (EU) is disintegrating. Three times in the last year the European project has faced its greatest political and economic challenges in its 60 years of existence, but has become stronger in the process. First, the Greek debt crisis following in the wake of the global financial meltdown revealed the weaknesses of the single currency and brought the Eurozone to the brink of collapse. Next, conflict in the Middle East fueled a refugee...
Samara Klar, one of my colleagues at the University of Arizona, started womenalsoknowstuff.com, a wonderful website to diversify academic voices in the Media. I am listed (search for my last name) and welcoming media contacts about my research areas.
This book argues that the European Union (EU) had an impact on institutional reform processes in North Africa in cases where major domestic actors agreed. I analyze how political actors in Morocco used EU neighborhood policies to shape economic and environmental policy between 1995 and 2008. It was not the design of the EU‘s neighborhood policies but rather the will of change of domestic actors in Morocco that determined the pace, direction of reform and the extent to which the EU continues...
In his recent article on POLITICO "Why political Islam is winning" Charles Hill did not convince me that the democratic world as we know it is coming to an end. Point taken: today the relics of the Arab Spring protest seem like the final backlash against democracy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) but the overall picture is not as dark as its seems in the article. Let me explain why. First, it is wrong to put political Islam on the same footing as the Islamic State. While the former is...