The European neighbourhood policy towards Lebanon: expansion without further enlargement

Türedi, Almula
This thesis analyzes the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) towards Lebanon. The thesis looks into early European initiatives to demonstrate growing EU ambitions towards the Mediterranean region. Lebanon is examined with its specificities in historic context and EU’s sending troops to UNIFIL army after the July 2006 war. As the 2004 enlargement brought the EU closer to Lebanon, and as the EU tends to play a growing international role, particularly in the Mediterranean region, the EU saw the Israeli attack on Lebanon as an opportunity to increase its engagement in Lebanon, thereby increasing its influence in the region. The thesis argues that the ENP is the newest foreign policy tool both to answer the concerns of EU in the Mediterranean region and to raise the EU’s profile in the region.