Awakening Inter-regionalism?The EU and Regional Arab Organizations Post-2011
At the core of the debate on the transformative Middle East political and security environment in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings lies a heated discussion on the revived role of regional Arab organizations. On top of these are the all-encompassing League of Arab States (LAS) and the sub-regional Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as both organizations have had important roles in the MENA region following the widespread uprisings in late 2010 and early 2011. Despite its poor record in representing collective Arab action, the LAS started to assume a notable role in regional dynamics, especially in conflict areas. This was particularly clear in the case of backing the NATO operation in Libya, endorsing the Gulf initiative for a smooth transition of power in Yemen, and engaging in active mediation for crisis management in Syria.