Europe and the Middle East

The hour of the EU?

by Birte Wassenberg (Volume editor) Giovanni Faleg (Volume editor)
©2012 Conference proceedings 154 Pages
Series: Euroclio, Volume 63


At a time when momentous changes are taking place in the Middle East, this volume provides a timely and critical assessment of the European Union (EU) foreign policy towards the region. The book collects revised and updated versions of the papers presented at the third Academic Forum on European Security, which took place at the Institute for European Studies (IHEE) in Strasbourg on March 30-31, 2010. The subtitle «the hour of the EU» was chosen to emphasize the moment of opportunity for the EU to actively influence a peaceful resolution of the major crises affecting the Middle East. Accordingly, contributions to this volume show the potential and the limits of the EU’s normative and soft-power-based diplomatic toolbox in trasforming its neighbourhood, focusing on four macro-areas: the Arab-Israeli conflict, the rise of Iran as a regional (and perhaps nuclear) power, the EU’s engagement in democracy promotion and EU-Turkey relations. Overall, this book aims at providing the reader willing to learn more about EU foreign policy’s achievements and weaknesses with a close-up on those four critical areas.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (April)
foreign policy opportunity resolution
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 154 pp., 1 graph and 1 table

Biographical notes

Birte Wassenberg (Volume editor) Giovanni Faleg (Volume editor)

Birte Wassenberg (Dr. hab.) is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History at the Institute for European Studies (IHEE) of the University of Strasbourg and member of the Research Institute for History FARE. Her research fields are: border regions, Euro-scepticism and the history of the Council of Europe. She has recently (co)-edited a series of five volumes on «Living and researching cross-border cooperation in Europe» (Stuttgart, 2009-2011) and a book intitled « Contre l’Europe ? » (Stuttgart, 2010). Giovanni Faleg is PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science and visiting researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florence and a Master of Research from the University of Strasbourg. Giovanni was Carlo Maria Santoro Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Bologna Center (2008-2009). He co-edited the book « L’OTAN et l’Europe » (P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2010) with B. Wassenberg and M. Mlodecki.


Title: Europe and the Middle East