February 18, 2014


Peter Seeberg & Musa Shteiwi wrote an article on the "European Narratives on the "Arab Spring" – From Democracy to Security".

The article discusses the EU’s reaction to the developments in the MENA-region in the period 2011-14.

Initially relatively optimistic metaphors like ‘the Arab Spring’ or ‘the Democratic Tsunami’ were part of the media-comments from Western leaders, but three years.

later the situation in the region seems to have changed significantly and consequently the narrative in the EU has switched from a predominantly pro-‘Arab Spring’ discourse to a focus on security aspects in a broad sense and, especially concerning the situation in Syria (to some degree also Lebanon and Libya), a focus on counter-terrorism.

The article are concluding remarks by Peter Seeberg and Musa Shteiwi from a workshop on EU-Middle Eastern relations held at the Center for Strategic Studies in Amman in May 2013.

Dr. Musa Shteiwi is the director of the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan.


Peter Seeberg is the director of the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies in the University of Southern Denmark.

To read the full article, please download the file above.

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