Europe and the Middle East: the Realist Power in Normative Clothes


Marshall 490
845 N. Park Ave Room 490
Tucson , AZ


Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:00pm to Fri, 08/12/2022 - 7:41pm


Join The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and CMES for our Spring 2016 Colloquium Series
 Video of the Talk

Eva-Maria Maggi, PhD is a Lecturer, School of Government and Public Policy

In this talk, Eva-Maria Maggi challenges the European Union (EU) characterization as a normative power in the Middle East. Starting with the EU’s engagement in Morocco as an example, she argues that it is not the design of the EU‘s neighborhood policies but rather domestic actors that determined the pace, direction of reform and the extent to which the EU continues to play a role in them. While Moroccan politics were indeed “europeanized”, domestic actors effectively managed to put forth their own policy priorities and essentially “morocconized” EU policy. She further expands this argument with discussing the EU’s reaction towards the current immigration challenge and consequences for the future of the EU as a global actor. 


Dr. Eva-Maria Maggi teaches topics on European politics and international security at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.  Her primary research interests are on the European Union in world politics especially in the Middle East and North Africa as well as security issues within transatlantic relations. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books and her book "The Will of Change: European Neighborhood Policy, institutional change and domestic actors in Morocco" was published by Springer VS in 2016.