Mediterranean politics has been undergoing profound change since the end of the Cold War under the conditions of globalisation.1 These changes affected all countries and extended to include domestic, regional, trans-regional politics, and the interactions between the region and the global system. Eastern and Southern Mediterranean countries are experiencing forces of political and economic change, and political-ideological extremism, and some Northern countries are coping with the rise of forces of political secessionism. Traditional conflicts are still plaguing the Mediterranean in addition to new ones, which emerged after the end of the Cold War. The Mediterranean is also going through processes of integration and fragmentation at the same time (Brauch 2001, 2001c). Because of the different levels of development and state-building, Northern countries have been able to achieve integrative breakthroughs unmatched by Southern states. For the first time, the region is experiencing the introduction of neo-regional arrangements, the most important of which is the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP) project. It is also going through a process of slow integration into the global economy through the arrangements of global trade and financial liberalisation (Sid Ahmed 2001).
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- Security Concepts for Cooperation in the Mediterranean: Conclusions and Outlook for the 21st Century
PD Dr. Hans Günter Brauch
Mohammad El-Sayed Selim
Ph.D. P. H. Liotta
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg