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The Mediterranean Union: what fate's in store?

Jacques Richardson (Editorial Board Member of foresight and is based at Decision+Communication, Authon la Plaine, France)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 19 July 2011




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.


The critique reviews a series of pitfalls delaying or otherwise obstructing strategic planners and negotiators.


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.


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.



Richardson, J. (2011), "The Mediterranean Union: what fate's in store?", Foresight, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 3-6.



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