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DAFF 3055A - Mediterranean space : Understanding international and transnational political dynamics (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

More than a geographical entity (“the Mediterranean basin”) or a political-institutional project (“the Euro-Mediterranean partnership”), the Mediterranean space is a complex area at the cross-road of three continents (Europe, Africa, Asia), a combination of plural national identities and religions, a zone of trade and economic co-operation as well as conflicts and turbulences. The Mediterranean space constitutes a typical case study to understand today international dynamics and new global issues at stake: economic interdependence, social inequalities between North and South, regional integration with institutional mechanisms, migrations, religious revival, ethnic conflicts and power competition. Recent political changes like Arab Spring on the Southern shore in 2011, war in Syria on the Eastern side and multiple economic and political crisis within the Eurozone encourages to understand the new regional configuration. Nowadays international relations are characterized by the blurring of boundaries between domestic politics and foreign affairs, the emergence of civil societies and the proliferation of non-state actors challenging States monopole on the international scene. This course will examine these multiple interactions. We will apply to a regional case study a multidisciplinary perspective by using main theoretical knowledges which are necessary to understand world politics.


BOILEAU, Louis-Simon (Doctorant contractuel)

Course validation

Oral presentation (30%); exam in class (20%); final academic essay (40%); participation (10%)

Required reading

  • Calleya S. (2005). Evaluating Euro-Mediterranean relations. London: Routledge
  • Fawcett L. (2016). International Relations of the Middle East. 4th Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Horst, J. Junemann, A. & Rothe, D. (2013). Euro-Mediterranean Relations After the Arab Spring: Persistence in Times of Change. London: Routledge
  • Zoubir Y. & White G. (eds). (2015). North African Politics: Change and Continuity. London: Routledge
  • Bechev, D. & Nicolaidis, K. (2010). Mediterranean frontiers: borders, conflict and memory