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Europe and its Southern Neighbors Interdependence, security and economic development in contemporary EU-MENA relations

Gugán, Dániel (2017) Europe and its Southern Neighbors Interdependence, security and economic development in contemporary EU-MENA relations. Society and Economy, 39 (4). pp. 529-547. DOI https://doi.org/10.1556/204.2017.39.4.4

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Abstract

The paper analyzes European Union – Middle East and North Africa (EU-MENA) relations from the perspective of complex interdependencies. As a theoretical framework, it outlines the application of Barry Buzan’s Security Complex Theory on the Euro-Mediterranean (or EU-MENA) region-pair. This involves the provision of a general overview on the several sectors of interdependence between the two regions, namely the military, political, economic, societal and environmental sectors. The paper then turns towards the deeper elaboration of the economic sector and identifies it as the most potent sector for European activism, where the Union could work most effectively on building a long-term solution for the stabilization of the MENA. As conclusions, the paper argues for a deeper economic integration between the two regions, which would provide opportunities for the MENA’s population to be economically successful “at home”, therefore reducing not only the highly visible migration pressure on the EU, but also other security threats such as civil wars, organized crime and weapon proliferation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:EU, MENA, Euro-Mediterranean relations, interdependence, economic development
JEL classification:F15 - Economic Integration
F50 - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy: General
Subjects:Economic development
International relations
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1556/204.2017.39.4.4
ID Code:3419
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:09 May 2018 11:56
Last Modified:09 May 2018 11:56

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