The Mediterranean Union: what fate's in store?

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PurposeThe 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/approachThe critique reviews a series of pitfalls delaying or otherwise obstructing strategic planners and negotiators. FindingsThe paper analyzes briefly the status of the proposed alliance and what could retard, seriously alter, or preclude completion of a meaningful treaty. Research limitations/implicationsA 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 implicationsThe proposed agreement may be delayed in both the short and medium terms or else die a-borning. Originality/valueExamples 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.

Keywords: "Arab spring", Forward planning, Strategic alliances; Plans; Strategy; Unexpected obstacles

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14636681111153922

Publication date: July 19, 2011

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