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The UfM and the Middle East 'Peace Process': An Unhappy Symbiosis

Hollis, R. (2011). The UfM and the Middle East 'Peace Process': An Unhappy Symbiosis. Mediterranean Politics, 16(1), pp. 99-116. doi: 10.1080/13629395.2011.547392


This contribution explores differing theories on how the failure of the ‘peace process’ featured in the design and goals of the UfM, drawing on lessons from the period when the EMP was pursued in parallel with the peace process. In each case, institutional overlaps are identified, as well as commonalities in the approaches of the actors to both pursuits. Crucially, however, the persistence and intensification of the Arab–Israeli conflict, in combination with the shift from multilateralism to bilateralism embodied in the UfM, has politicized the latter at the expense of the functionalist aspirations of its architects.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mediterranean Politics on 14 March 2011, available online:
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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