MENA Populations' Perceptions of Key Challenges, International Context and Role of the European Union

Teti, A., Maggiolini, P., Talbot, V. and Abbot, P. (2017). MENA Populations’ Perceptions of Key Challenges, International Context, and Role of the European Union. Arab Transformations working Paper 9. Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen.

65 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2017 Last revised: 9 Apr 2017

Andrea Teti

University of Aberdeen

Paolo Maggiolini

Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI)

Valeria Talbot

Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI)

Pamela Abbott

School of Education, University of Aberdeen

Date Written: January 22, 2017

Abstract

Survey data from the ArabTrans 2014 survey contains a unique battery of questions pertaining to the perception of the European Union. This report builds on those questions to analyse perceptions of the EU, its development cooperation programmes, its promotion of democracy, the appropriateness of its response to the Arab Uprisings, and the perception of the EU as an international actor. Overall, the data suggests low levels of awareness and relatively negative opinions of the EU’s actions both in general and in the specific context of its response to the Arab Uprisings. However, respondents’ preferences also suggest avenues for policy development for the Union such that it might simultaneously achieve its interests and meet the demands of MENA populations. Throughout, the paper also takes note of specific patterns and conditions found in individual countries which present particular challenges for the EU.

Keywords: European Union, EU, Middle East, Arab Uprisings, survey research, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia

JEL Classification: N35, N37

Suggested Citation

Teti, Andrea and Maggiolini, Paolo and Talbot, Valeria and Abbott, Pamela, MENA Populations' Perceptions of Key Challenges, International Context and Role of the European Union (January 22, 2017). Teti, A., Maggiolini, P., Talbot, V. and Abbot, P. (2017). MENA Populations’ Perceptions of Key Challenges, International Context, and Role of the European Union. Arab Transformations working Paper 9. Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903604 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2903604

Andrea Teti (Contact Author)

University of Aberdeen ( email )

Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3QY
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/socsci/people/profiles/a.teti

Paolo Maggiolini

Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) ( email )

Palazzo Clerici
via Clerici 5
Milan, Milan 20121
Italy

Valeria Talbot

Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) ( email )

Palazzo Clerici
via Clerici 5
Milan, Milan 20121
Italy

Pamela Abbott

School of Education, University of Aberdeen ( email )

Aberdeen, Scotland
United Kingdom

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