Syria’s Relations with the European Union under the Barcelona Process: 1995-2010


This paper is an attempt to analyze Syria-EU dynamics and engagement, interest and priorities during 1995-2010. It had instituted its multifaceted relations which were primarily guided by economic mutual benefits and political cooperation by EU member countries as well. International relations are becoming much more important towards achieving goal of sustainable growth and development for any nation. Syria- European Union (EU) relations has always been highly heterogeneous and dynamic and it became highly crucial thus Bashar al-Assad accessed power. Experts believed that new President is Syrian by birth and in blood but Britisher in his work, class and culture. Therefore it was anticipated that Syria- EU bilateral is bound to go through remarkable transitions at the time of regime change. Relations with European Union are very much important for Syria at the time of Bashar succession as Syria was facing International isolation and many conflicts both internal security and external threats. Hence Syria renewed partnership with EU and became a member of Euro-Mediterranean partnership. The United States (US) has assimilated a different policy for West Asian Countries which became very much visible in the region since Israel establishment. Hence, Bashar made central tenets of Syria's foreign policy to build a strong relationship with EU. Europe became a major alternate for Syria. It was quite clear that Syria was in need to strengthen its economy and protect it from international isolation and there exited an important reason for Syria's rapprochement with the EU first. One EU closer link will give

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Akanksha Gupta, Center for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Ranjith Rebello, Center for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Archana Gupta, Centre for Russian & Central Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

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Conference: ACSS2016
Stream: International Relations & Human Rights

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