Responses to the ‘Arabellion.’ The EU in Comparative Perspective

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Tanja A. Börzel, Thomas Risse, Assem Dandashly – 2015

This article introduces the themes of this special issue which is devoted to the reactions by external actors including the EU to the events unfolding in the Arab world beginning in December 2010. In particular, we look at the balancing act by external actors between their desire for stability, on the one hand, and their normative principles toward human rights and democracy, on the other. We compare the action (and inaction) of the European Union (EU) with other international and regional players, including the United States, Russia, Turkey and Israel. The contributions assess the response of these actors to the Arabellions events and analyse changes in their approaches to the Arab region. We ask three questions: (1) How have external actors assessed the ‘Arabellions’ and what role did they see for themselves in this context? (2) Which goals and instruments did external actors pursue toward the MENA region? In particular, how did they deal with conflicting goals, such as support for human rights and democracy, on the one hand, and concerns about security and stability, on the other? (3) How can we explain the varying responses of external actors to the Arabellions?

Title
Responses to the ‘Arabellion.’ The EU in Comparative Perspective
Author
Tanja A. Börzel, Thomas Risse, Assem Dandashly
Publisher
Routledge
Keywords
Außenpolitik, Externe Akteure, Regionalorganisationen, MENA-Region, Demokratie, Europa, Staat, bewaffneter Konflikt, Teilprojekt A1, Teilprojekt T3
Date
2015-12-12
Source(s)
Appeared in
Special Issue of Journal of European Integration 37 (1).
Language
eng
Type
Text

Contents

Introduction

  • Tanja A. Börzel, Assem Dandashly & Thomas Risse: Responses to the ‘Arabellions’: The EU in Comparative Perspective — Introduction, 1-17

Articles

  • Gergana Noutcheva: Institutional Governance of European Neighbourhood Policy in the Wake of the Arab Spring, 19-36
  • Assem Dandashly: The EU Response to Regime Change in the Wake of the Arab Revolt: Differential Implementation, 37-56
  • Daniela Huber: A Pragmatic Actor — The US Response to the Arab Uprisings, 57-75
  • Roland Dannreuther: Russia and the Arab Spring: Supporting the Counter-Revolution, 77-94
  • Bilgin Ayata: Turkish Foreign Policy in a Changing Arab World: Rise and Fall of a Regional Actor?, 95-112
  • Amichai Magen: Comparative Assessment of Israel’s Foreign Policy Response to the ‘Arab Spring’, 113-133

Conclusion

  • Tanja A. Börzel, Thomas Risse & Assem Dandashly: The EU, External Actors, and the Arabellions: Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing, 135-153