In 2004, the European Union proposed a project entitled the European Neighborhood Policy as a new strategic option. The project had been adopted by the European Council one year earlier in a proposal to the concerned states. The European Neighborhood Policy proposes the development of the scope of cooperation between the European Union and the southwestern Mediterranean countries through several political, economic, social, and cultural fields. Yet, the sphere of security is set at the top of its priorities. It is based on the principles of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, as well as on establishing security and stability between the countries on the two shores of the Mediterranean neighboring Europe. This would be based on a common framework and a larger volume of mutual cooperation that is embodied in a genuine partnership that would confront common challenges. The study explores and provides an answer to the following question: To what extent can the European Neighborhood Policy be considered a representation of regionalism and the embodiment of a genuine European desire through which it would be able to build a “security group” in the Mediterranean basin?
European Neighborhood Policy: Toward Establishing the Mediterranean as a Security Community
Djaouida Hamzaoui is a lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences, University of Setif II, Setif, Algeria. Email: email@example.com
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Djaouida Hamzaoui; European Neighborhood Policy: Toward Establishing the Mediterranean as a Security Community. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 March 2020; 13 (1): 105–122. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/caa.2020.13.1.105
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