Publication Date

2009-04-25

Availability

Open access

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

International Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

March 2009

First Committee Member

Joaquin Roy - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Michael Conolly - Committee Member

Third Committee Member

Fracesc Granell - Committee Member

Fourth Committee Member

Ambler H. Moss - Committee Member

Fifth Committee Member

Lisa Prugl - Committee Member

Abstract

This dissertation is a case study of the EuroMed Partnership (EMP). It aims to examine the complex political, economic and social interrelationships in the EMP, and their impact on regional security in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The main thesis proposed here is that regional integration is taking place to the point of a regional security complex being established among EMP-member countries. This would contrast with the Middle East Regional Security Complex suggested by Buzan and Waever (2003). The dynamics observed reflect realist concerns with security among members. They also display neo-liberal integration approaches as well as the regional reciprocal (re-)constructions of structure, interests, and identities as suggested in the constructivist literature. A triangulated mix of qualitative research methods is utilized with primary data from elite interviews, as well as from official publications of member governments and institutes. Secondary data from analyses by other researchers provide comparison data for this dissertation. It will contribute to a framework for understanding the shifting security environment in the Euro-Mediterranean region from 1995 to the present in terms of regional integration, peacemaking and peacekeeping.

Keywords

International Society; Regional Security Complex Theory; Regional Integration; Security Community; Inter-regional Security; Middle Eastern Regional Security Complex

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