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Francesco Cavatorta and Paola Rivetti


New Texts Out Now: Francesco Cavatorta and Paola Rivetti, EU–MENA Relations from the Barcelona Process to the Arab Uprisings

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Francesco Cavatorta and Paola Rivetti, “EU–MENA Relations from the Barcelona Process to the Arab Uprisings: A New Research Agenda.” Journal of European Integration 36.6 (2014). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Francesco Cavatorta and Paola Rivetti (FC & PR): The process of rethinking “Arab politics” after the uprisings led us to look at how the European Union and its policies had influenced, if at all, the politics of the region. The EU has been engaged ...

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Francesco Cavatorta and Paola Rivetti


Francesco Cavatorta is associate professor in the Department of Political Science, Université Laval (Québec). He is the author of Civil Society Activism under Authoritarian Rule: A Comparative Perspective (Routledge, 2012), Civil Society and Democratization in the Arab World (co-authored with Vincent Durac, Routledge, 2010), and The International Dimension of the Failed Algerian Transition: Democracy Betrayed? (Manchester, 2009), and the co-editor (with Paul Aarts) of Civil Society in Syria and Iran: Activism in Authoritarian Contexts (Lynne Rienner, 2013).

Paola Rivetti is is Lecturer in Politics of the Middle East & International Relations at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland. Her research interests focus on the government of societies and polities in the Middle East from a comparative perspective; on Iranian politics; and on diaspora politics. She is the General Secretary of the Italian Association of Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO). She is a board member of the Lund University-based European Iran Research Group and regularly contributes to the blog "Presidential Power." She has published in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of European Integration, Democratization, Middle Eastern Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Alternatives: Global Local Political, Foreign Policy-Middle East Channel, and Jadaliyya, as well as the Chaillot Paper Series. She also co-edited Civil Society Effect. Practice and Rhetoric in Iran, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco (2010, in Italian).​