1st Edition

Arab Spring Challenges for Democracy and Security in the Mediterranean

Edited By Patricia Bauer Copyright 2015

    This volume presents essential aspects of Mediterranean politics to be reconsidered in the light of the Arab upheavals since 2010. Taking as its focal point the question of how far European-Mediterranean relations are challenged by the various developments, this book explores the relationship between security and democracy within the Arab countries and in European-Mediterranean relations. The ambiguity between the promotion of democratic values and the preservation of common interests in economic and security affairs is stirred up by changing political actors and new conflictual constellations inside the Arab countries.

    The chapters in this volume offer range of different angles on the re-formulation of the European Neighbourhood Policy as well as the Democracy Assistance towards the Southern Mediterranean. They discuss the major security issues of a cooperative security architecture, counter-terrorism action, migration control and security sector reform in order to explore the relevant challenges in the field. The contributions analyse the recent developments and challenges, provide critical insights into those fields and endeavour to provide some proposals for improving Mediterranean cooperation on democracy and security.

    This book was published as a special issue of Democracy and Security.

    1. European–Mediterranean Security and the Arab Spring: Changes and Challenges  2. The New Neighborhood Policy of the EU: An Appropriate Response to the Arab Spring?  3. Rethinking the New ENP: A Vision for an Enhanced European Role in the Arab Revolutions  4. EU Democracy Assistance Discourse in Its New Response to a Changing Neighbourhood  5. EU Democracy Assistance in the Mediterranean: What Relationship with the Arab Uprisings?  6. What Can Pro-Democracy Activists in Arab Countries Expect from the European Union? Lessons from the Union’s Relations with Israel  7. Mediterranean Security Revisited  8. EU Counterterrorism and the Southern Mediterranean Countries after the Arab Spring: New Potential for Cooperation?  9. The Arab Uprisings and the EU’s Migration Policies—The Cases of Egypt, Libya, and Syria  10. The Relevance of Security Sector Reform in Humanitarian Intervention: The Case of the European Union in the Mediterranean


    Patricia Bauer teaches Political Science at the European Peace University in Austria since 2012. From 2007 to January 2012 she was Guest Professor for International Relations and European Studies at Cairo University, Egypt. Before she was Assistant Professor at the University of Osnabrück. Her current fields of specialization are the Euro-Mediterranean relations, the external relations of the European Union, and security studies.