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The Middle East in Transition: Clues from Poland
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The Middle East in Transition: Clues from Poland

The paper underlines good practices and deficiencies of the transition period in Poland and provides a comparative framework to evaluate recent experiences in Southern Mediterranean countries.

12 March 2012
The Spanish Transition and the Arab Spring
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The Spanish Transition and the Arab Spring

Very often presented as a model, the Spanish transition to democracy offers some lessons and errors to be taken into account by Southern Mediterranean countries.

12 March 2012
The Political Economy of Arab Uprisings
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The Political Economy of Arab Uprisings

Throughout the past two decades, neoliberal economic reforms were initiated forcefully in the development of the region. These economic reform projects have proven futile in the attainment of an equitable distribution of income.

8 March 2012
Le Maroc et le printemps arabe dans un monde en plein changement
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Le Maroc et le printemps arabe dans un monde en plein changement

Si l'agitation sociale se déroule dans des pays aux structures très différentes, l'histoire et le contexte de ces mouvements ont un point commun: des jeunes surqualifiés en situation de précarité.

7 March 2012
Talking about the Revolution: Narratives on the Origin and Future of the Arab Spring
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Talking about the Revolution: Narratives on the Origin and Future of the Arab Spring

The paper reviews the main structural, institutional, technological, and ideational explanations for the Arab Spring protests. What has been the explanatory value of each of these factors? How are they connected?

21 February 2012
Le monde arabe, un an après : les véritables enjeux
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Le monde arabe, un an après : les véritables enjeux

Si l’année 2011, par l’ampleur des bouleversements politiques qui l’auront marquée, aura constitué une nette rupture qualitative dans son histoire contemporaine, elle inaugure surtout une nouvelle et complexe étape historique.

21 February 2012
Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education Area: Enhancing Quality, Promoting Mobility and Employability
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Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education Area: Enhancing Quality, Promoting Mobility and Employability

Higher education is but one part of overall education systems and wherever possible its further development should be linked to overall education and training policies.

25 January 2012
Transition All Over? Lessons from the Experience of the Post-Communist Countries for the Countries of the Arab Spring
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Transition All Over? Lessons from the Experience of the Post-Communist Countries for the Countries of the Arab Spring

The events have given hope to millions in the MENA region of a politically more open and prosperous future. The experience of the post-Communist countries shows that there are many challenges on the way, but also that progress is possible.

19 December 2011
The Future of Euro-Mediterranean Regional Cooperation: The Role of the Union for the Mediterranean
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The Future of Euro-Mediterranean Regional Cooperation: The Role of the Union for the Mediterranean

The UfM has attracted wide attention less because of its achievements than because of its stalemate. However, through the UfM’s focus on concrete initiatives, it could be a valuable framework for upgrading Euromed relations.

24 November 2011
La mise en place et la crise du système autoritaire dans le monde arabe
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La mise en place et la crise du système autoritaire dans le monde arabe

Le monde entier a été surpris par l'effet «boule de neige» des révoltes arabes à l'échelle régionale. Et pourtant, les signes avant-coureurs de la déflagration politique et sociale ne laissent aucun doute quant à la perturbation des mécani...

15 November 2011
Adjusting to External Norms and Standards of the “West”: The Case of Israel
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Adjusting to External Norms and Standards of the “West”: The Case of Israel

The long negotiations to enter the OECD somewhat detracted from the attention the government of Israel devoted to the powerful message initially sent by the EU in 2003-2004 offering Israel a “stake in the Internal Market.”

19 October 2011
New Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Middle East: Neither so New, Nor so Turkish
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New Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Middle East: Neither so New, Nor so Turkish

Since Turkey strengthened its ties with the Middle East in the 2000s, a region that traditionally enjoyed little weight in Turkish foreign policy, some experts assumed a brand new Turkish foreign policy had emerged.

15 September 2011