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The EU's engagement with 'moderate' political Islam: the case of Ennahda

Colombo, Silvia and Voltolini, Benedetta (2017) The EU's engagement with 'moderate' political Islam: the case of Ennahda. LSE Middle East Centre papers series, 19. LSE Middle East Centre, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the European Union’s engagement – or lack thereof – with Islamist political parties in North Africa following the Arab uprisings. By delving into the case of Tunisia’s Ennahda, it shows that the party’s growing moderation trajectory has been matched by a greater pragmatic engagement by the EU during the period 2011–16. It is argued that this new trend is explained by a partial shift in the frames that the EU employs to interpret ongoing changes in the Middle East and North Africa region as well as its interests and potential role in the region.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/middleEastCentre/home.aspx
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Collections > Middle East Centre Paper Series
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 09:52
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2017 08:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84065

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