The Middle East and Europe: The Power Deficit
The end of the Cold War and the creation of the European Union have had profound effects on Europe's relationship with the Middle East. This study explores Europe's relationship with the region, from its colonial legacies to an uncertain economic future. Bringing together commentators on the two regions, the papers explore many issues which have informed Europe's relationship with the Middle East. Coverage includes: the Cold War and after; the profound influence of the US; the rise of political Islam; and case studies including Europe and the Iranian revolution, France's experiences in Algeria, and Turkey's position between the two regions. The study finds that although Europe is still severely limited in influencing security, it has been increasingly influential throughout the region through its economic strategies. These strategies have in turn promoted stability in the form of free trade zones, ensuring vital economic development between the Middle East and Europe.
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