Short-Term Stability in Exchange for Long-Term Fragility

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Timothy E. Kaldas

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It’s no secret that European Union leaders have increasingly focused their attention on the Middle East on one priority: stemming if not stopping migration from the region. Following the surge in asylum seekers in 2015, politicians and analysts in the E.U. have come to believe that substantially cutting inflows of migrants is essential to staving off the rise of right-wing populists who, thanks to their euroskepticism, could weaken or eventually even destroy the E.U. entirely. This analysis—though it fails to account for the rise of that same political movement well before the 2015 surge—grips many in Europe’s capitals.

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