Convergence or conflict of interest? EU and US democracy promotion policies in Tunisia

Brieg Tomos Powel

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The war in Iraq seemed to bring to a head underlying differences between the United States and the vast majority of European countries regarding the best means to maintain international peace and stability. The unilateralism of the United States as opposed to the multilateralism of the European Union is seen as a very significant source of potential rivalry between the two actors.

This volume examines in detail whether the policies of the United States and the EU are truly diverging with respect to the most pressing issues facing North Africa, or whether, in fact, they are converging in terms of objectives to be achieved and strategies for their implementation. Through a number of papers that include both comparative and case specific studies, this book enables a better understanding of the differences and similarities in EU and US foreign policies and security strategies for the region, a clearer analysis of their respective democracy promotion policies, and a better examination of their respective approach to the ‘Islamist question’ in light of the continued success of such movements.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of North African Studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Foreign Policies of the European Union and the United States in North Africa: Convergence or Divergence?
EditorsFrancesco Cavatorta, Vincent Durac
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Print)0415483379
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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