The Mediterranean Union: what fate's in store?
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.
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