Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 10/2011

A European Strategy for Democracy, Development and Security for the Mediterranean

Stefano Silvestri

May 2011

Istituto Affari Internazionali


The European Union urgently has to work out a new strategy towards the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It has to back the democratic transformations of Arab societies, but also assert the need for new cooperation in the field of security so that the inevitable changes do not produce new international crises and do not generate new threats. The EU can take advantage of a favourable situation which, however, may not last long. This is a crucial test for the Union’s common foreign and security policy after Lisbon.