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Working papers

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June 2018

Analysing Migration Policy Frames of Tunisian Civil Society Organizations: How Do They Evaluate EU Migration Policies?

By | June 28th, 2018|Categories: Working papers|

Based on information gathered through extensive fieldwork in Tunisia, this paper analyses how Tunisian civil society actors represent the Mediterranean space, how they frame migration in general and how they frame specific migration-related policy issues and the factors and actors affecting them. The paper further investigates how Tunisian stakeholders evaluate existing policy responses, focusing in particular [...]

The Role of Civil Society in Morocco: Towards Democracy or Autocracy?

By | June 26th, 2018|Categories: Senza categoria, Working papers|

The process of democratization in Morocco has confronted political and economic challenges. Civil society has recently become very active in Moroccan society, operating in all sectors and starting from the paradigm of human rights. However, this civil society faces two major difficulties. The first is intrinsic to its existence, because it lacks resources and professionalism; whereas [...]

Lebanon-EU Relations and Ways Forward: Qualitative Research Findings with Key Stakeholders in Lebanon

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Working papers|

This report provides qualitative findings from interviews conducted with key stakeholders in Lebanon within the categories of labour, women’s rights, youth, Islamic organizations, rural development, policy-making and new social movements. The report includes background data on the political and economic context in Lebanon, provides an overview of EU policies in Lebanon and presents the research findings [...]

Bringing Social Justice and Human Rights Back In

By | June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Working papers|

This report contrasts how European institutional and civil society stakeholders “talk and practice” the Mediterranean into being. Based on extensive stakeholder consultations, it tends to confirm the finding of MEDRESET Work Package 1, namely that EU institutions construct the Mediterranean through three discursive practices: the Mediterranean as a space crucial for EU interests, as a dangerous [...]

July 2017

Israel’s Discourses and Practices in the Mediterranean Since 2001

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

Israel constructs the Mediterranean according to a Manichean schema whereby it classifies the countries which constitute the area as either nations it considers allies or nations and socio-political movements it considers threatening. Furthermore, in certain cases, this construction leaves space for attempting to move countries from the latter category to the former. For the former, the [...]

Chinese Official Geopolitical Cartographies and Discursive Constructions of the Mediterranean: Discourse Analysis of Official Narratives and Comparison with the EU

By | July 4th, 2017|Categories: Publications, Working papers|

In recent years, a proliferation of foreign policy analysis scholarship on decision-makers’ mental maps and similar notions has reintroduced the topic into the core of the broader IR research agenda. This literature has generally focused on broader theoretical advancements in how mental maps are constructed and consolidated, and it generally uses Western countries as bottom-line case [...]

How Does Russia Conceive of the Mediterranean Space in Its Official Discourse and Narratives? A Critical Discourse Analysis

By | July 4th, 2017|Categories: Publications, Working papers|

The Middle East is not among the priorities of the Russian foreign policy agenda, but the region plays both now and historically a central role in Moscow’s calculus. This is mainly related to Russia’s aspiration to enjoy a Great Power status. The Mediterranean does not constitute the basis for defining and conceptualizing a region in the [...]

June 2017

Saudi Arabia’s and Qatar’s Discourses and Practices in the Mediterranean

By | June 29th, 2017|Categories: Working papers|

This paper will examine the discourse and practices of the two most active GCC countries in the Mediterranean, and will conduct its analysis through a discussion of such highlighted issues as economy, migration and political ideas. Adopting content discourse analysis, this paper studies documents from Saudi Arabia and Qatar to help better understand these countries’ changing [...]

Turkey, the EU and the Mediterranean: Perceptions, Policies and Prospects

By | June 29th, 2017|Categories: Working papers|

This paper examines Turkey’s construction of its Mediterranean policy, starting from the period when the country’s foreign policy began to undergo a significant reinvigoration. Employing discourse analysis methods, the study tries to present Turkey’s priorities in key policy areas towards the region, while indicating changes in its position to the region both before and after the [...]

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 [...]