The creation of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in 1995 was seen, at the time, as a forward-thinking foreign policy which would strengthen ties between Europe and the Mediterranean Arab states. Since that time, however, almost none of this initial ambition has been translated into positive, successful policy.
Twenty years on from the creation of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (now the Union for the Mediterranean), this book collects some of the most influential articles published in the Mediterranean Politics journal since 1995 – and suggests what these articles tell us about the state of relations between Europe and the Middle East. The selection of articles gives a sense of the way in which analytical debate has changed in the journal’s lifetime, a lifetime which has seen the journal at the forefront of academic study on a variety of issues in the Mediterranean region. As such, the selection is naturally a reflection of the different periods from which the articles are taken, and, taken together, they paint a picture of how the Euro-Mediterranean partnership has been reshaped over time.
Introduction: Twenty Years of Euro-Mediterranean relations Richard Youngs
1. The Barcelona conference: Launching pad of a process Esther Barbé
2. Southern attitudes towards an integrated Mediterranean region George Joffé
3. Destabilization through partnership? Euro-Mediterranean relations after the Barcelona declaration Eberhard Kienle
4. Reshaping the Agenda? The Internal Politics of the Barcelona Process in the Aftermath of September 11 Richard Gillespie
5. Regional Community Building and the Transformation of International Relations: The Case of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Frédéric Volpi
6. The Use of Conditionality in Support of Political, Economic and Social Rights: Unveiling the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership’s True Hierarchy of Objectives? Dorothée Schmid
7. Imagining Co-presence in Euro-Mediterranean Relations: The Role of ‘Dialogue’ Michelle Pace
8. Talking Tough or Talking Together? European Security Discourses towards the Mediterranean Federica Bicchi and Mary Martin
9. Converging, Diverging and Instrumentalizing European Security and Defence Policy in the Mediterranean Eduard Soler i Lecha
10. The Ties that do not Bind: The Union for the Mediterranean and the Future of Euro-Arab Relations Oliver Schlumberger
11. The Return of Arab Politics and Europe’s Change to Engage Anew Rasmus Alenius Boserup and Fabrizio Tassinari
The Mediterranean Politics series takes an inter-disciplinary approach which, while generally focused on the disciplines of politics and international relations, also encompasses economics, human geography, sociology, and religious studies, in order to shed light on the interconnectedness of polities and societies in the Mediterranean region. The series takes the study of Mediterranean politics as a focal point to examine the global and transnational linkages between the Mediterranean area and the wider world. Showcasing cutting edge new research on regional, transnational and comparative politics, it provides a forum for the discussion of Mediterranean politics with special reference to the interaction between European and Middle Eastern & North African countries.