Crisis and Breakdown: How Can the EU Foster Resilience in the Middle East and North Africa?

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Series Details No.37, December 2017
Publication Date December 2017
ISBN 978-88-9368-068-4
ISSN 2280-4331
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States and societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are experiencing profound crises of trust, statehood and governance as traditional economic models and social contracts are no longer capable of providing basic services and goods.

Socio-economic challenges are compounded by conflict, authoritarianism and the prevalence of deep-seated geopolitical rivalries between major states in the region and beyond.

This paper provides an overview of major challenges and opportunities for state and societal resilience in the MENA region and examines priorities and niche areas for action as the European Union seeks to operationalize the goals and ambitions set out in the EU Global Strategy.

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