International Relations, Culture and Politics
Edited By Emmanuel Godin and Natalya Vince
Acknowledgements We first submitted this book to Peter Lang on 13 January 2011. The next day, President Ben Ali was forced to f lee Tunisia with part of his family and found refuge in Saudi Arabia. Throughout the Arab world, protests (as in Algeria and Morocco), ‘revolutions’ (as in Tunisia and Egypt), civil war (Libya) and ferocious repression (Syria) have extensively altered the political contexts of countries on the southern shores of the Mediterranean. On its northern shores the impact of what is now referred to as the Arab Spring have been no less consequential: France, as other European coun- tries, has had to find ways to ensure that her past support for Arab dicta- tors and their regime did not damage her inf luence and interests in the Mediterranean. The Arab spring has thus compelled us to revise the volume we first submitted in January 2011 and if it is too early to draw unambiguous con- clusions about how Franco-Mediterranean relations have been altered since January 2011, we hope that it will provide some insights into the complex relations that France and the French entertain with the Mediterranean at many dif ferent levels. The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF), the French Embassy, London, and the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) at the University of Portsmouth of fered their generous financial and logistic support to organise the 2009 ASMCF conference on ‘France and the Mediterranean’. This conference provided the intellectual impetus for...
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