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NAVIGATING REGIONAL DYNAMICS
IN THE POST-COLD WAR WORLD

(PATTERNS OF RELATIONS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA)


By Stephen C. CALLEYA



With a preface by Richard Falk, Princeton University


By providing a holistic viewpoint this study has gone some way to correct the imbalance in the secondary literature which has been dominated by coverage of the Mediterranean from either a domestic or international perspective.

The book clarifies whether there has been a resurgence of regionalism in the Mediterranean since the end of the Cold War by examining regional dynamics in the area from five different perspectives.


The first investigates the concept of regionalism in international relations.
The second gives an historical perspective of regionalism in the Mediterranean.
The third focuses on contemporary international relations in the Mediterranean.
The fourth examines the influence of external actors in the international politics of the Mediterranean.
The fifth provides a "reality check" of the Mediterranean in the post-Cold War world.

Patterns of interaction in the Mediterranean area reveal that there are two neighbouring international regions that are very different in character: Western Europe and the Middle East, which include three subregions bordering the Mediterranean: Southern Europe, the Levant, and the Maghreb. Post-Cold War trans-Mediterranean political proposals resonate with older traditions. This research project investigates the substance behind such Mediterranean regional rhetoric.

The conclusions of this analysis are that external actors have often influenced regional patterns of relations, but have not been able to alter the basic pattern of regional alignment and conflict within international regions. In addition, regionalising proposals are more accurately described as attempts to pursue particular national and subregional interests, and as boundary management devices rather than boundary transcending ones. A reality check at the end of the twentieth century shows that the Mediterranean is more of a frontier zone than an international region.


Dr Stephen C. Calleya is lecturer in International Relations at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (Malta).



Dartmouth Publishing Co., 1997, Aldershot UK, Brookfield USA, Singapore, Sydney,
ISBN 1-85521-850-X

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