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The Euro-Mediterranean region has been gathering momentum over the last three decades. Strong socio-economic cleavages, cultural and religious differences, geopolitical interests and the migration–security nexus have been dictating the evolution of a complicated and unbalanced agenda. This presentation will focus on answering this question: How successful have European leaders been in balancing the desire to exert regional influence and control with maintaining working relationships with other EU member states and Southern Mediterranean countries? In order to better answer this, this research focuses on policy making, political communication, agenda setting and public opinion  in both the short-, medium- and long-term: from 1985 to the Arab Spring and its aftermath. Using corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis, these approaches are complemented by first-hand  interviews with officials and observers directly involved  in setting up and managing Euro-Mediterranean policies and migration governance.

*Please note this seminar was previously scheduled to take place on 24 May*