Call for papers – the European-Mediterranean relationship in the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’

The scientific quarterly journal L’Europe en formation invites would-be contributors to submit papers for consideration in a forthcoming thematic issue on Facing new challenges: the European-Mediterranean relationship in the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’, to be published in Spring 2014.

Our former summer 2010 edition focused on the Union for the Mediterranean and its role in the European-Mediterranean relationship. Meanwhile, major uprisings in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region have succeeded in ousting autocratic regimes, replacing them with countries in transition. For the sake of its own credibility, the European Union reviewed its policies for the MENA region within the framework of its Neighborhood Policy. While some aspects of its new approach could be seen in a positive light, most experts do not hesitate to underline its shortfalls, talking about missed opportunities. What is more, the Union for the Mediterranean, together with its protracted difficulties in becoming operational, appears now to be of a quite anachronistic nature since it was originally designed as an apolitical union. Efforts of the president of the European Parliament in April this year, Martin Schulz, to rethink it in a way where parliaments may be able to play a more prominent role have so far come to no avail.

Along with these developments, a number of challenging research questions come to the surface. Submissions may address the following topics:

  • Did the European Union really change its approach?
  • How did it react to the events of the “Arab Spring”?
  • Are the problems the EU is confronted with while trying to spread democratic values in neighboring countries similar to those of other powers with democracy promotion policies in the region?
  • Can the EU really make a difference after having supported the regions’ autocratic regimes in the past?
  • How do social movements perceive the EU and its role in the transition process in the MENA countries?
  • Is the Union for the Mediterranean asleep or alive?
  • Do the old controversial issues that put the deepening of the European Mediterranean relationship on hold in the past, such as the issue of Cyprus, the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian territories and Western Sahara lose predominance?
  • How do the issues of migration and refugees impact the relations between the EU and the North African countries?

Contributions are accepted from researchers and practitioners from all fields of social sciences, and can be written in English or French. Interdisciplinary contributions are encouraged, as well as theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches. Proposals should be submitted by 11 November 2013, to the editors, at the following address: frederic.lepine@cife.eu ; ana.valette@cife.eu. It should include the title of the proposed article, a brief presentation (500 words), and the CV of the author separately. Proposals will be submitted to the members of an Advisory Board. Once the proposal is accepted, the article should be submitted before 3 March 2014. Once received, each article will be submitted to a blind peer-review procedure. It will be published in the Spring 2014 issue (expected month of publication: April). The papers, of 5.000 to 10.000 words in length (including footnotes and excluding bibliography), may be written in English or French. An abstract of 150 words should be added to the article (with a translation in the other language if possible), as well as a brief presentation of the author (100 words).

L’Europe en formation, founded in 1960, is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal focusing on European Integration and policies, International Relations and Federalism. Articles are written either in English or in French.For more information about the Journal please visit our website: http://www.europeenformation.eu