The EU and "the Arab Spring"

The SNELS Spring Conference 2012 is devoted to the historic event of rebellions and revolutions in the north of Africa and the Middle East which is commonly referred to as "the Arab Spring". The Conference aims at asking questions regarding the relationship between the EU and the states involved in the European Neighbourhood Policy, particularly under the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean. What options are available within this framework? Has the EU used these options in response to the events of the last 15 months? Should it? These questions, and many more, will be dealt with during the conference, where representatives of several Academic disciplines meet representatives of EU institutions as well as the Swedish foreign office in an endeavor to broaden our horizons regarding the EU and "the Arab Spring".