Debora Del Piano
GEM-DIAMOND doctoral fellow
ESR 4 – EU grand strategy in a competitive system: European liberal democracy in a multipolar world
I have always been interested in the SWANA/MENA region and in the latest years my research focus has shifted from a sole interest in the region, towards the study of specific countries' relations with the European Union.
EU grand strategy in a competitive system: European liberal democracy in a multipolar world
- Raffaele Marchetti
- Anders Wivel
Already two years after the 'transition', nonetheless, the newly elected governments had not been able to address the grievances that lit the protests in the first place, populist discourses started substituting justice claims, and even in academia the optimism of the first years started fading away.
Counter-revolutionary practices deployed by almost all the regimes in the region as well as calls for stability by Western actors were mirrored by the spread of an ‘Arab winter’ paradigm which contributed to normalize a return to the status quo ante, despite protests cyclically continuing in almost every country in the area.
Even though they have varied across countries, counter-revolutionary discourses and practices since 2011 have contributed to prevent political change in the whole region and have been more or less openly backed by diverse international actors. The meddling of competing regional powers such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Qatar, has in fact been mirrored and/or opposed by several Western countries which, hiding behind discourses of democracy and human rights, have actually pursued strategic policies aimed at nothing more than stabilization.
Despite international and domestic resistance, nonetheless, protests have continued, and this resilience is at the core of this research, whose aim is to investigate the reasons why the ongoing contentious processes set off by the Arab Uprisings did not (yet) succeed in achieving meaningful social, political and economic change by tracing the nature and development of the counterrevolutionary discourses and practices and then investigating grassroots alternatives in selected countries.
The First Annual Conference
17 April 2023
The fellows present their research for the very first time, coupled with panels on the concept of dissensus and Prof. Petra Bárd’s keynote address.
Birth of the GEM-DIAMOND Fellowship of the Ph.D.
1 October 2022
16 MSCA Fellows successfully selected following a gruelling selection process.