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The Union for the Mediterranean: What has it changed and what can be changed in the domain of security? INEX Policy Brief No. 4, December 2009

Soler i Lecha, Eduard and García, Irene. (2009) The Union for the Mediterranean: What has it changed and what can be changed in the domain of security? INEX Policy Brief No. 4, December 2009. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    IN:EX Policy Brief is the fourth in the series so far and focuses on Euro-Mediterranean relations in the field of security. It analyses the treatment given to the security agenda in the Barcelona Process, noting that regional conflicts have undermined the development of cooperation in this field and that the partners have opted for the more pragmatic approach of bilateral or sub-regional frameworks. The paper also looks at the new Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and finds that, as far as security cooperation is concerned, there is a significant degree of continuity: the UfM remains hostage to the Arab-Israel conflict, while attempting to work on politically less sensitive issues (such as civil protection) and exploring more flexible formats. Given this situation, the authors, Eduard Soler i Lecha of the Barcelona Centre for International Studies (CIDOB) and Irene García is of the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme at CIDOB, argue for a redoubling of the EU’s efforts towards a Middle East Peace Process, and for a strategy on how to deal with security cooperation, even in adverse situations.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > general
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Middle East
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Mediterranean/Union for the Mediterranean
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > INEX Policy Brief
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010
    Page Range: p. 6
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:37
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14990

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