The Mediterranean Union: what fate's in store?
Purpose ‐ The aim of this editorial is to update an earlier paper published in foresight concerning the status and likely evolution of the proposed Union for the Mediterranean. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The
critique reviews a series of pitfalls delaying or otherwise obstructing strategic planners and negotiators. Findings ‐ The paper analyzes briefly the status of the proposed alliance and what could retard, seriously alter, or preclude completion
of a meaningful treaty. Research limitations/implications ‐ A principal hindrance to full scenario development by the European powers concerned is lagging unanimity and therefore enthusiasm, and among African/Near Eastern nations an atmosphere
of exclusion, hostilities or terrorism. Practical implications ‐ The proposed agreement may be delayed in both the short and medium terms or else die a-borning. Originality/value ‐ Examples of earlier
international understandings provide minimal guidance to otherwise ambitious planners. Given the disruptions now affecting Arab States, entirely novel strategies may now be required.