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Egyptian protesters clash with security forces on November 29, 2012 in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Europe can encourage democratization in the MENA region.

Sustaining the Arab Spring

April 2013, Number 04.02

“As the nations of North Africa erupted in popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring, Europe faced the prospect of instability on its southern border exemplified by rickety boatloads of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Although Europe’s worst fears of uncontrolled North African migration have failed to materialize, the European Union’s encouragement of democratization and economic liberalization in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt remains an important element in building stability along the Mediterranean rim.

Considering how recently long-entrenched authoritarian regimes were overthrown in North Africa, the establishment of freer societies since 2011 has been swift. Solidifying that progress – and building upon it – has been the objective of European policymakers. Communiques such as “A Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean” have announced diplomatic and financial incentives to newly formed governments if they rejected the worst facets of their nations’ political pasts...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Sustaining the Arab Spring,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 2, 2013: 54-57.

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