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Resizing the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue in the Area of Security: The Challenge of Human Security

Author(s): Eduard Soler i Lecha

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 76;
Start page: 123;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Mediterranean Partnership | Mediterranean | Security | human security

Although in the countries of the south the concept of human security is not very well-rooted and the security of states or regimes continues to take precedence, this article analyses the extent to which regional co-operation strategies, especially the BarcelonaProcess, have directly or indirectly promoted a new conception of security based on the protection of the citizen. For this, it analyses what had been done in the framework of the political and security basket of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership up until the Euro-Mediterranean Summit in Barcelona, but it also emphasises some of the important deficiencies, such as inaction in the field of reformation of the security sector. This analysis is framed within a broader discussion about whether or not the Mediterranean is a security complex and whether or not it can become a security community that would make human security one of the foundations of a culture of shared security.
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