Book Review: After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World

The Arab Spring constitutes perhaps the most far-reaching political and economic transition since the end of communism in Europe. For too long, the economic aspirations of the people in the region, especially young people, have been ignored by leaders in Arab countries and abroad. The authors of this book argue that significant economic reforms must accompany the major political transitions that […]

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Cross-Mediterranean economic and political relationships must be rebalanced to include all of Europe.

In the wake of the Arab Spring the European Union (EU) is eager to foster closer relations with North Africa and the Middle East. Georg Zachmann,Mimi Tam and Lucia Granelli look at the EU’s current policy initiatives and assess which measures countries should undertake to help the economies of the Southern Mediterranean. Europe and the Southern Mediterranean Countries (SMCs: Algeria, […]

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Diplomacy is the only real way forward in the Syrian conflict. Military intervention could make the situation even worse.

With the failure of the Annan Plan in Syria, the situation looks increasingly bleak. But Syria in 2012 is very different from Libya in 2011, and Western leaders should resist the temptation for military intervention writes Chris Brown. Instead of calling for intervention, leaders like François Hollande need to support the diplomacy of the Arab League and other non-Western countries. […]

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In the upcoming elections, Egyptians have been given a non-choice between candidates that are both likely to uphold the neoliberal policies of the past two decades.

Nearly a third of all Egyptians live below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate is as high as 25%. As part of EUROPP’s coverage of the European neighbourhood, Jason Hickel argues that the Freedom and Justice Party is set to reproduce more of those policies which led to the country’s economic demise; Egypt’s deregulated market capitalism only benefits the […]

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The road to professionalism for local Arab media after the Arab Spring will undoubtedly be very long and thorny.

The Arab Spring has transformed the scope of traditional media in North Africa and the Middle East. Fatima El-Issawi is leading an LSE research project on ‘Arab Revolutions: Media Revolutions’. As part of EUROPP’s coverage of the European neighbourhood, she explains how the project aims to find out what changes the Arab Spring might bring to the media in the Middle East. […]

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The European Neighbourhood Policy has failed because of its own contradictions and small budget. But the Arab spring offers a renewed opportunity for the EU to reinvigorate the programme.

For many, the Arab Spring graphically illustrated the European Neighbourhood Policy’s failure in its aims to promote security and prosperity in the European neighbourhood, and that it should now be disbanded. Julian Kirchherr argues that the new democracies emerging in some Arab Spring countries offer an opportunity for the reinvention of the policy if the European Union continues to increase its budget […]

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