Europe and the Arab Spring: A Paradox (Zaki Laidi)


Date: Oct 21, 2011

A talk by Zaki Laidi, moderated by Gordon Bajnai

European countries have been significantly involved in the Arab spring. France and the UK took the lead in Libya closing the historical rift between both countries opened by the Suez crisis in 1956, but their bilateral commitment did not lead to a broader EU involvement. The Arab Spring revealed once again the difficulties for the EU to move as a single actor on the global stage. What lessons can we draw from this ambivalent situation?

Sponsored by the Alliance Program, Blinken European Institute, and the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies

Date: Oct 21, 2011

A talk by Zaki Laidi, moderated by Gordon Bajnai

European countries have been significantly involved in the Arab spring. France and the UK took the lead in Libya closing the historical rift between both countries opened by the Suez crisis in 1956, but their bilateral commitment did not lead to a broader EU involvement. The Arab Spring revealed once again the difficulties for the EU to move as a single actor on the global stage. What lessons can we draw from this ambivalent situation?

Sponsored by the Alliance Program, Blinken European Institute, and the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies

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