Type
Working paper
Titre
The EU's engagement with 'moderate' political Islam: the case of Ennahda
Dans
LSE Middle East Centre papers series
Éditeur
London
Collection
LSE Middle East Centre papers series : 19
Mots clés
European Union’s engagement, Islamist political parties, North Africa, Arab uprisings
Résumé
EN
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.

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