Temelkovska-Anevska, Elena (2013) THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE ARAB SPRING AND ISLAM AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE ARAB SPRING ON THE FOREIGN POLICY OF EU. In: Conference Proceedings, International Scientific Conference “THE BALKANS BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE: SECURITY, CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND EURO-ATLANTIC INTEGRATION". Conference Proceedings, 1 . Faculty of Security- Skopje, University "St. Kliment Ohridski"-Bitola, Skopje, pp. 366-378. ISBN 978-608-4532-35-4

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This paper focuses on the Arab Spring, its correlation with the Islam and its implications on the foreign policy of the European Union. Further on, the paper highlights the roots and the primary catalyst for the Arab Spring, the influence of the Islam on the events, and their evolution in the scope of their effects on the international relations, focusing on the European Union and its response. The Arab Spring is a term referring to a revolutionary wave of protests, demonstrations, upheavals and wars which occurred in the Arab world beginning from December 2010 (in Tunisia) and embracing the majority of the Arab countries of North Africa and the Middle East. These protests and demonstrations have been critical to the governments in their countries and they have ranged from efforts for democratic changes to attempts for bringing down the current political system. There were moments when stability was transformed to chaos, while the means of democracy were losing out to the forces of extremism. Demonstrations in many countries provoked by the Arab Spring have attracted widespread support from the international community, while the insensitive government responses generally reflected disapproval. The foundation of the international implications is frequently related to the European values and principles, especially with the promotion of democracy and human rights. The events of the Arab Spring are viewed as a potential threat to the international stability. Thus, the violent repression of the political disagreement often met a silent acceptance by the European elites. This approach was guided by the wrong belief that the authoritarian regimes and autocratic leaders were the best guaranty of stability in the region. The search for priorities such as democracy and stability led to hesitation on the part of the European Union to force the Arab leaders on the question of human rights and democratic reforms. Such an approach underestimated the adaptive flexibility of the Arab regimes and overestimated the willingness of the Arab leaders to engage in serious dialogue over the issue of reforms. Two years of time are probably not sufficient to give a sustainable judgment of the significance of the events, especially when they are still going on. However, it is indisputable that the Arab Spring has gained momentum and became an internationally recognized situation.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Prof. d-r. Elena Temelkovska
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2022 08:31
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2022 08:31

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