The European Union and Change in the Middle East And North Africa: Is The EU Closing its Theory-Practice Gap?

2012-07-01
The wave of change in the Middle East and North Africa once again exposed disconnections between theory and practice in the EU’s approach towards the Mediterranean. Despite the adoption of transformation in the Mediterranean as a goal, in practice the EU policies have been geared towards preserving the status quo in the southern Mediterranean due to the priority of enhancing European security in areas such as terrorism, migration, economy and energy. The EU’s review of its Neighbourhood Policy in light of this wave of change suggests an awareness of the need to close its theory-practice gap. However, there are continuing limits to the EU’s prioritization of the needs of its partners in the Mediterranean, which in turn diminishes its prospect to live up to its potential as a transformative actor that supports democratic consolidation in the region.
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Z. Torun, “The European Union and Change in the Middle East And North Africa: Is The EU Closing its Theory-Practice Gap?,” pp. 79–97, 2012, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://dergipark.org.tr/tr/pub/ortetut/issue/22582/241216.