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Publications

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June 2017

Iran’s Discourses and Practices in the Mediterranean Since 2001

By | June 27th, 2017|Categories: Publications, Working papers|

This paper examines the discourse and practices of Iran in the areas of water and agriculture, economy, migration and political ideas, to test Iran’s approach and also its influence in various fields. Drawing on a critical discourse analysis approach, it engages with published documents, elite discourses, and public narratives of Iranian leaders and intellectual elites to [...]

The EU’s Constructions of the Mediterranean

By | June 15th, 2017|Categories: Policy papers, Publications|

Gathering the results of the three reports produced by Work Package 1 (WP1) of the MEDRESET project, which assess the EU’s constructions of the Mediterranean in the years 1970–1989, 1990–2002 and 2003–2017 respectively, this report provides a critical analysis of three major discourses that the EU-Europe employs regarding the Mediterranean: “the Mediterranean as a diverse geopolitical [...]

American Discourses and Practices in the Mediterranean since 2001: A Comparative Analysis with the EU

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: Publications, Working papers|

This paper examines US construction, representation and practices in the Mediterranean since 2001 with the aim of drawing comparative conclusions on degrees of convergence and divergence between US and EU roles in the Mediterranean space. The paper adopts a critical constructivism approach and extensive discourse analysis in assessing both actors’ perceptions and practices in the fields [...]

May 2017

MedReset Policy Brief #1: The EU’s Constructions of the Mediterranean

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Highlights, Policy papers|

How does the EU regard the space beyond its southern borders? How has it been framing the Mediterranean space throughout the last almost fifty years, i.e., ever since it embarked on the creation of a foreign and security policy? And how have these framing practices informed, shaped and possibly determined EU foreign policy practices vis-à-vis the [...]

MedReset Newsletter n.1

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter|

April 2017

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

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: 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: 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: 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, 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 [...]