An assessment of the economic and political impacts of the Agadir Agreement: promoting peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa

Oumazzane, T., 2018. An assessment of the economic and political impacts of the Agadir Agreement: promoting peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is currently experiencing unprecedented national, regional and transnational challenges. The emergence and intensification of wars and conflict, the rise in regional and Western military intervention, the increase in public discontent, and the mass displacement of refugees have become increasingly salient features of the political economy of the region. Nevertheless, efforts to achieve greater regional integration have continued since the Second World War. Bilateral, multilateral and region-wide projects have been established to facilitate intra-regional trade and promote political cooperation. The latest regional integration process is the free trade Agadir Agreement, signed in 2004 by Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan. This thesis investigates the Agadir Agreement’s impact on economic integration, its effect on political cooperation, and its role in promoting peace and stability between participating states. Using a critical commercial institutionalist peace theory framework and a mixed-method approach, this thesis argues that, despite the positive and significant correlation found between several variables, it is short-sighted to conclude that the Agadir Agreement has had a major impact on economic integration and political cooperation between member states. The thesis further argues that there is no single explanation of what promotes cooperation. Relations between the four Agadir signatories are the outcome of complex linkages between commercial institutional membership, trade liberalisation, economic integration, political cooperation and peace.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Oumazzane, T.
Date: January 2018
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of the author. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed to the owner(s) of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 31 Jul 2018 08:11
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2018 08:11
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34200

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