MENA Populations' Perceptions of Key Challenges, International Context and Role of the European Union
Teti, A., Maggiolini, P., Talbot, V. and Abbot, P. (2017). MENA Populations’ Perceptions of Key Challenges, International Context, and Role of the European Union. Arab Transformations working Paper 9. Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen.
65 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2017 Last revised: 9 Apr 2017
Date Written: January 22, 2017
Survey data from the ArabTrans 2014 survey contains a unique battery of questions pertaining to the perception of the European Union. This report builds on those questions to analyse perceptions of the EU, its development cooperation programmes, its promotion of democracy, the appropriateness of its response to the Arab Uprisings, and the perception of the EU as an international actor. Overall, the data suggests low levels of awareness and relatively negative opinions of the EU’s actions both in general and in the specific context of its response to the Arab Uprisings. However, respondents’ preferences also suggest avenues for policy development for the Union such that it might simultaneously achieve its interests and meet the demands of MENA populations. Throughout, the paper also takes note of specific patterns and conditions found in individual countries which present particular challenges for the EU.
Keywords: European Union, EU, Middle East, Arab Uprisings, survey research, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia
JEL Classification: N35, N37
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