Union for the Mediterranean

While Sunday’s launch summit of the Union for the Mediterranean produced little in the way of real results (see Frida Ghitis’ WPR rundown here), it was notable for producing such a large group of political winners in a region so often characterized by zero sum rivalries. That the summit even came off at all is already a symbolic victory for Nicolas Sarkozy, and the image it gave of an active, dynamic French diplomacy is political gold. Getting all the Arab Mediterranean nations (besides Libya) and Israel to the same table reinforces France’s role as a trusted intermediary, as does the […]

Union for the Mediterranean

Le Monde reports that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has accepted his invitaiton to the Union for the Mediterranean launch summit, set for next Sunday in Paris. Turkey, too, has apparently agreed to send an as yet undetermined representative, as will Libya, despite Muammar Khaddafi’s opposition to the project. That’s a promising start for a project high on French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s agenda, although with all the questions and challenges that remain to be addressed, it might be something of a Pyrrhic victory.

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