By Ian O. Lesser, Rand Corporation. National Security Research Division
NATO's mediterraniean Initiative is buying new value with canges within the strategic setting and chanes in NATO itself. higher recognition is being dedicated to advancements on teh southern outer edge of the Alliance. participants of the NATO discussion can have a shared stake in addressing new protection demanding situations, many that are transregional and require cooperative thoughts in reaction.
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Page 12 reduction of border controls within Europe has also had the effect of shifting responsibility for the control of illegal migration to states on the European periphery. Discussion of migration issues will undoubtedly remain central to relations between north and south in the Mediterranean, but is likely to be difficult and inappropriate for NATO to take up with Dialogue partners. The challenge of sudden, disastrous refugee flows is a feature of the Mediterranean security environment. , in the Balkans and across the Adriatic), but potentially large refugee movements can be envisioned elsewhere, from North Africa to the Caucasus.
There is also a growing interest in expanding membership in the Dialogue as political circumstances permit. In the near-term, many in the south would argue for the inclusion of Algeria. The wide variety of official and unofficial Mediterranean initiatives continues to give rise to confusion and dialogue fatigue, although most see this as preferable to the strategic neglect of previous decades. There is also an observable spillover effect from disputes in other fora, most notably in relations with the EU.
THE EVOLVING SECURITY ENVIRONMENT The southern Mediterranean remains a diverse and relatively insecure region in which internal security concerns predominate. As western and central Europe have become more secure, policymakers and strategists are increasingly focused on the longer-term problems of stability and development across the Mediterranean and the implications for European security. The social and economic underpinnings of stability in the south will be shaped, to a considerable degree, by the future of north-south relations in the Mediterranean.
The future of NATO's Mediterranean initiative: evolution and next steps by Ian O. Lesser, Rand Corporation. National Security Research Division