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Human security: a new perspective for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation

The existence of regional conflicts and inter-state wars, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict and the War in Iraq, have reinforced the emerging need to strengthen cooperation policies to restore peace in the region. In order to meet such challenges, the EU initiated the Barcelona Process. However, the Barcelona Process has been widely criticised in countries on both the Northern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean for failing to achieve its goals of political reforms, regional cooperation and consolidation of cooperation in security building.
 
In their respective chapters, Roberto Aliboni and Abdallah Saaf emphasise that security is a crucial field of cooperation in strengthening the Euro-Mediterranean relationship and that there is a need to re-evaluate EU policies in the changing international context. They both underline the need to go beyond conventional understandings of security and to pay attention to ‘human security’ in helping to solve the ongoing political conflicts and promote regional peace and stability in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
 
This is the third in the series, 'Ten papers for Barcelona 2010' addressing ten critical topics for Euro-Mediterranean relations published jointly by the Institute for Strategic Studies (EUISS) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). Their purpose is to formulate policy options on a set of issues which they consider central to achieving the aims stated in the 1995 Barcelona Declaration: building a common Euro-Mediterranean area of peace and stability, of shared prosperity, of common understanding and exchanges between civil societies, founded on the rule of law and the democratic development of all its members’ political systems.
 

The EUISS was created in January 2002 as a Paris-based autonomous agency of the European Union. The Institute’s core mission is to provide analyses and recommendations that can be of use and relevance to the formulation of EU policies. In carrying out that mission, it also acts as an interface between experts and decisionmakers at all levels. IEMeD is a think tank for the identification and interpretation of the challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean area and for the preparation of proposals to confront them.  

Human security: a new perspective for Euro-Mediterranean cooperation


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