Issue 5 - diversity in the Mediterranean region

Bénédicte Halba, Ioanna Profyri (eds)

  • Publication : 2020
  • iriv

This 5th issue tackles the issue of diversity in the Mediterranean region with two articles focused on diverse strategies. The first article is dedicated to diversity in the Eastern Mediterranean as a crossroad of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia – a contradictory combination of economic and political interests in favour of an expense of solidarity but the total inefficiency of the European Union which raises mixed feelings. The second article is focused on the diverse strategies conducted by main actors also in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East and some points of light with a revival of the peace process in September 2020. The Mediterranean sea was called, Mare Nostrum by the Greek historian Herodote in Antique times. This is certainly this feeling of belonging that has built a bridge among all the countries located all around the Mediterranean sea - in the North (European Union), in the Adriatic part (Balkans), in the South (Magrheb) or in the Eastern part (Middle East). In a book published in 2000 and entitled  “Avoir vingt ans dans vingt ans en Mediterranée” Sami Naïr, who was a member of the European Parliament at the time and researcher in Political Sciences, and Bichara Khader, a teacher at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) both urged on the urgent necessity to enhance a Euro-Mediterranean partnership by a common political strategy combining Education, Economics, and Environment. Twenty years after the publication of the book that tackled the future of the Mediterranean countries through its youth, nothing has really changed in this key region, the very heart of the European civilization, a “melting pot” of cultures. The Mediterranean region is still a main absent in the European discussions. The European Union seems quite forgetful on its past in many ways - let’s be optimistic and hope for a more constructive future.

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