The Union for the Mediterranean

1st Edition

Federica Bicchi, Richard Gillespie

Routledge
Published December 13, 2011
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780415689649 - CAT# Y122092

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Summary

This is the first comprehensive analysis of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), launched in 2008 amid great controversy within the European Union. Affected from the start by negative fallout from the failure of Middle East peace initiatives, its inadequacies have been underlined by the popular movement for regime change in the Arab world.

Leading experts provide here the first integrated analysis of the significance and shortcomings of the UfM. Beginning with critical questioning of the motives and institutional logics informing this venture, the collection proceeds to analyse its key actors, as well as major policy dossiers such as energy and development.

The book explains how and why an initiative aiming to depoliticize Euro-Mediterranean relations in fact proved wide open to political discord, bringing huge disruption to UfM activity. While some aspects are found to have merit, the volume is critical of the way in which EU Mediterranean policy became driven by a narrow range of national interests, lost sight of the political objectives of the preceding Barcelona Process and became overwhelmingly bilateral in approach, at the expense of more ambitious region-building efforts.

It concludes by highlighting the need to reform the EU Mediterranean policy framework in the light of the Arab uprisings of 2011.

This book was published as a special issue of Mediterranean Politics.

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