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The recently published book 'Resisting Europe' conceptualizes the foreign policies of Europe toward the states in its immediate southern 'neighborhood' as semi-imperial attempts to turn these states into Europe's southern buffer zone, or borderlands. Dimitris Bouris will discuss this topic with a selection of the authors of the book.

Event details of Resisting Europe - Book Presentation
Date 4 March 2021
Time 13:00 -14:30

This book examines the diverse modalities by which states in the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa (MENA) reject,  resist, challenge, modify, or entirely change European policies and preferences and provides rich empirical evidence of these contestation practices in the fields of migration and border control, banking and finance, democracy promotion and telecommunications. It addresses the complex question of when and how MENA states capitalize on their leverage and interdependence in their relationships with Europe and contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of Europe-Middle East relations, while engaging with broader debates on power
and interdependence, order and contestation in international relations.



Raffaella A. Del Sarto is Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), SAIS Europe in Bologna. She is the author of Borderlands: Europe and the Mediterranean Middle East (forthcoming with Oxford University Press); Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right (Georgetown University Press, 2017); Contested State Identities and Regional Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).  

Tina Freyburg is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of St.Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science. She has published widely on EU democracy promotion – e.g., EU Democracy Promotion by Functional Cooperation: The European Union and Its Neighbourhood, with S. Lavenex, F. Schimmelfennig, T. Skripka, A. Wetzel, (Palgrave, 2015) – and telecommunications politics – e.g., “Blocking the Bottleneck: Internet Shutdowns and Ownership at Election Times in Sub-Saharan Africa,” with L. Garbe, in International Journal of Communication (12), 2018.

Magali Gravier is Associate Professor of Political Science at Copenhagen Business School, Department for Management, Society, and Communication. Her recent publications include a co-edited Special Issue of Journal of Political Power 4(3), 2011 (with Noel Parker) “Imperial Power and the Organization of Space in Europe and North America,” and “Imperial Governance: Governing Inwards or Outwards?,” published in Geopolitics 20(4), 2015.

Asli Selin Okyay is a Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome. Her publications include “Turkey's post-2011 Approach to its Syrian Border and its Implications for Domestic Politics,” in International Affairs 93 (4), and (with Jonathan Zaragoza Cristiani) “The Leverage of the Gatekeeper: Power and Interdependence in the Migration Nexus between the European Union and Turkey,” in International Spectator 51(4), 2016.

Simone Tholens is Senior Lecturer in International relations at Cardiff University, an Associate Fellow at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe, and currently a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute. Her publications on intervention and contestation include “Winning the post-war: norm localisation and small arms control in Kosovo and Cambodia”, Journal of International Relations and Development 22(15); and “Border management in an era of ‘statebuilding lite’: Security Assistance and Lebanon’s hybrid sovereignty” in International Affairs 93(4).

Véronique Wavre is Postdoctoral researcher at University of St.Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science. Her recent publications include Policy Diffusion and Telecommunications Regulation (2018, Palgrave). She recently released the short documentary video “Citizens Offline: The State, the Telecom Companies and Internet Shutdown,” together with Tina Freyburg and Lisa Garbe.