The war in Iraq seemed to bring to a head underlying differences between the United States and the vast majority of European countries regarding the best means to maintain international peace and stability. The unilateralism of the United States as opposed to the multilateralism of the European Union is seen as a very significant source of potential rivalry between the two actors.
This volume examines in detail whether the policies of the United States and the EU are truly diverging with respect to the most pressing issues facing North Africa, or whether, in fact, they are converging in terms of objectives to be achieved and strategies for their implementation. Through a number of papers that include both comparative and case specific studies, this book enables a better understanding of the differences and similarities in EU and US foreign policies and security strategies for the region, a clearer analysis of their respective democracy promotion policies, and a better examination of their respective approach to the ‘Islamist question’ in light of the continued success of such movements.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of North African Studies.
1. Diverging or Converging Dynamics? EU and US policies in North Africa – An Introduction Francesco Cavatorta and Vincent Durac 2. Security, Power or Profit? The Economic Diplomacy of the US and the EU in North Africa Patrick Holden 3. The Algerian Crisis in European and US Foreign Policies: A Hindsight Analysis Hakim Darbouche and Yahia H. Zoubir 4. The Stability Syndrome: US and EU Democracy Promotion in Tunisia Brieg Tomos Powel 5. The Impact of External Actors on the Distribution of Power in the Middle East: The Case of Egypt Vincent Durac 6. Trade, Security and Neoliberal Politics: Whither Arab Reform? Evidence from the Moroccan Case Sami Zemni and Koenraad Bogaert 7. Altruism and its Limits: The Role of Civil and Political Rights for American and French Aid Towards the Middle East and North Africa Miquel Pellicer and Eva Wegner