Workshop on ‘Critical Perspectives on European-MENA Relations in Light of the ‘Arab Spring”

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Date(s) - 01/06/2012
9:15 am - 5:00 pm

SOAS, University of London


Organised by Felix Berenskoetter, Polly Pallister-Wilkins and Corinna Mullin and supported by the Department of Politics and International Studies.

Friday, 1 June 2012, in room 102 (22 Russell Square). 

09:15 – 09:45 Arrival and Coffee 09:45 – 10:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Europe viewed from MENA states/societies

Corinna Mullin (SOAS): The ‘Arab spring’ Uprisings and the Legacy of Western Interventionism

Reem Abou-El-Fadl (Oxford): Foreign Actors and Culpability: The View from Tahrir Square

Laila Fathi (SOAS): Tightening the power: the Algerian regime and National memory

Chair: Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (SOAS)
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee


11:45 – 13:15 Panel 2: Bilateral Relations

Rosemary Hollis (City): Britain and the Mirage of Palestinian Statehood

Cengiz Günay (OIIP): Turkey and the Arab Spring: Critical reflections on the Turkish model

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen (Copenhagen): The Fourth Coast of Europe? Finmeccanica and the rise of the Italian-Libyan border control industry

Abdessamad Fatmi (Liverpool): Moroccan-Spanish relations: Towards a deepening Interdependence?

Chair: Polly Pallister-Wilkins (SOAS)
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch


14:30 – 16:00 Panel 3: MENA viewed from Brussels 

Thomas Demmelhuber (Hildesheim): The ‘republic-monarchy-gap’ in EU foreign policy making in view of the Arab Spring

Michelle Pace (Birmingham): A Fusion of Horizons? EU Democracy Support in the Newly Emerging Middle East and North Africa

Richard Gillespie (Liverpool): National Agendas and Intergovernmentalism in European Responses to the Arab Uprisings

Eva Gross (VUB): EU responses to the Arab spring: assessing the role and impact of the European External Action Service

Chair: Felix Berenskoetter (SOAS)


16:00 – 16:15 Coffee


16:15 – 17:00 Plenary Discussion 


17:00 End of Workshop

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