Purpose – The aim of this editorial is to update an earlier paper published in foresight concerning the status and likely evolution of the proposed Union for the Mediterranean. Design/methodology/approach – The critique reviews a series of pitfalls delaying or otherwise obstructing strategic planners and negotiators. Findings – The paper analyzes briefly the status of the proposed alliance and what could retard, seriously alter, or preclude completion of a meaningful treaty. Research limitations/implications – A principal hindrance to full scenario development by the European powers concerned is lagging unanimity and therefore enthusiasm, and among African/Near Eastern nations an atmosphere of exclusion, hostilities or terrorism. Practical implications – The proposed agreement may be delayed in both the short and medium terms or else die a‐borning. Originality/value – Examples of earlier international understandings provide minimal guidance to otherwise ambitious planners. Given the disruptions now affecting Arab States, entirely novel strategies may now be required.
foresight – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 19, 2011
Keywords: Plans; Strategy; Unexpected obstacles; “Arab spring”, Forward planning, Strategic alliances
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