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Publications

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April 2017

The EU’s Constructions of the Mediterranean (2003-2017)

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter, Working papers|

This report offers a critical discourse analysis of the EU’s conception of the Mediterranean since 2003. It attempts to display how the EU’s discourse on the region can be read as a boundary-drawing exercise; and how it produces and reproduces European and Southern Mediterranean identities and constructs the ideal European self against its imperfect Southern Mediterranean [...]

The EU’s Framing of the Mediterranean (1990-2002): Building a Euro-Mediterranean Partnership

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter, Working papers|

This paper looks into what was a defining phase for Euro-Mediterranean relations. In the 1990s the Mediterranean was presented as a source of threat, but also as a need for engagement due to proximity and interdependence. The Mediterranean was also seen as an opportunity and a responsibility. Through its engagement with the Mediterranean the EU emphasized [...]

The European Community Framing of the Mediterranean (1970-1990)

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter, Working papers|

This paper examines the early phase of European construction of the Mediterranean during the 1970s and 1980s. It seeks to analyse how the European Community (EC) discursively constructed itself against the Mediterranean as a neighbouring space, and how it mapped the Mediterranean accordingly. It concludes that early attempts towards European construction of the Mediterranean were mainly [...]

November 2016

Re-imagining Mediterranean Geopolitics: The Role of Eight Key Powers

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: Highlights, Methodology and concept papers, Newsletter, Publications|

This paper aims to provide MEDRESET Work Package 2 (WP2) partners with the conceptual and methodological guidelines that we will pursue in our research. The primary theoretical approach to be used in our research is constructivism and discourse analysis, as elaborated in the WP1 concept paper. The purpose of WP2 is to observe the changing role [...]

October 2016

Deconstructing the EU’s Discourse on the Mediterranean

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Publications|

By Münevver Cebeci and Tobias Schumacher This paper outlines the conceptual and methodological guidelines for research in MEDRESET Work Package 1 (WP1). It also aims to provide some shared guidelines for Work Package 2. The theoretical approach to be used in our research is critical constructivism with a slight bend towards poststructuralism which also makes it compatible with the [...]

June 2016

Concept Paper: MedReset, a Comprehensive, Integrated and Bottom-Up Approach

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Methodology and concept papers, Publications|

Euro-Mediterranean policies, as well as research on them, have been characterized by a Euro- centric approach based on a narrow geopolitical construction of the Mediterranean. Moreover, stakeholders, policy instruments, and policy issues have been defined from a European standpoint, marginalizing the perspectives and needs of local states and people, and ignoring the role played by new [...]