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The Union for the Mediterranean, or the changing context of Euro-Mediterranean relations

Bicchi, Federica (2011) The Union for the Mediterranean, or the changing context of Euro-Mediterranean relations. Mediterranean Politics, 16 (1). pp. 3-19. ISSN 1362-9395

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13629395.2011.547365


This contribution analyses the set of conditions that made the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) possible, highlighting the change vis-à-vis the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). First, it develops a conceptual framework for the analysis of the actors contributing or opposing the initiative, according to their attitude, motivation and resources invested in the process. Second, it examines the institutional logics that underpin the UfM. It suggests that the UfM was launched because a very small group cajoled an uninterested majority into yet another initiative for the Mediterranean. The outcome represents a shift away from regionalism as conceived in the EMP. At the same time, the Arab-Israeli conflict has politicized and disrupted the agenda of the UfM, as national interests have come to the fore and democracy and human rights have receded.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: International Relations
Middle East Centre
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 09:41
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:12

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