In the discussions about European and Transatlantic Security Policy, the crises from 2014 led to a focus-shift back towards the relationship of Europe with Russia and the threats and risks from “the East”.
At the same time, there is a continued thread in the debate not to lose sight of the threats and challenges which Europe faces in its southern neighborhood. Yet, the geopolitically laden references to the “Southern Flank” of NATO or the Southern neighbourhood of the EU seldom is unpacked and discussions seem to oscillate rather vaguely around notions of terrorism, state fragility and failure, authoritarianism as well as refugee routes. From a central European perspective a priority concern for – and interest in – this southern neighborhood is often associated with the foreign policies of the Southern European Countries.
With this publication series, FES wants to help shed light on the security risks, challenges and opportunities in the EU’s southern neighbourhood, as seen from the perspective of France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Against the background of the upcoming 25 years anniversary of the Barcelona process it shall feed into discussions about how to reenergize the Mediterranean partnership as well.
Arbeitseinheit: Internationale Politikanalyse