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Between a rock and a hard place: Euro-Mediterranean security revisited
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2007 (English)In: Mediterranean Politics, ISSN 1362-9395, Vol. 12, no 1, 1-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study of the EU’s relations with its near abroad is increasingly important in the wake of the 2004 enlargement of the Union because it directly relates to the question whether the EU might help to foster peace and stability in its neighbourhood. Euro-Mediterranean relations are highly interesting in this regard since the EU has a rather long, but not entirely successful, history of trying to promote security and cooperation in its southern vicinity. In this article the Regional Security Complex Theory, developed by Buzan and Waever (2003), is applied to shed new light on security aspects of Euro-Mediterranean

relations. The article’s main argument is that the ‘ups and downs’ of Euro-Mediterranean security cooperation is better understood if the Mediterranean is not considered as a region in itself but rather as a link between two separated regional security complexes.

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2007. Vol. 12, no 1, 1-16 p.
Keyword [en]
EU, Mediterranean, regional security, Spain
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22576DOI: doi:10.1080/13629390601136780ISI: 000253712800001OAI: diva2:189103
Available from: 2007-10-18 Created: 2007-10-18 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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