The Arab Spring Phenomenon and European Security: Change and Continuity under the Spectrum of Securitized Idealism

14 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2016

Date Written: July 7, 2015

Abstract

European security has historically been linked to the expectations – capabilities gap of the EU, as we; the EU’s role as a normative power as reflected by the conscious choices made by European leaderships. Treaties have been the defining parameters of the operational ability, cognitive potential and institutional capacity of Europe to play a normative role in world politics. The Arab Spring phenomenon has illustrated the actual potential of the EU to act in a uniform way. It has also shown that when inherent European idealism clashes with the realities of international politics, securitized idealism becomes the only viable choice. The concept bears a value-security oxymoron and is based on the need to balance security needs and the desire to spill over democracy in the Arab world.

Suggested Citation

Voskopoulos, George, The Arab Spring Phenomenon and European Security: Change and Continuity under the Spectrum of Securitized Idealism (July 7, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2849457 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2849457

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