The Middle East Under Fire?

by: Dr. Roby NathansonProf. Stephan Stetter  date:  01.05.2007
EU-Israel Relations in a Region Between War and Conflict Resolution

The Middle East Under Fire?

This year’s monitor deals with military conflicts in the Middle East in light of last summer's Second Lebanon War, the escalating dispute with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the growing threats from Iran. With respect to the AP and EU-Israeli cooperation, the monitor explores the existing situation in its political and economic aspects. Furthermore, it provides conclusions and recommendations for action to be taken, depending on EU-Israel cooperation.

The Action Plan (AP) with the EU was announced in December 2004 as part of the EU’s European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). The EU-Israeli AP sets an agenda of political and economic reforms to be implemented over a three-year period. The results of the review process, built into the AP, were presented in early March 2007 in the EU-Israeli Association Council. Discussions on the next stage in EU-Israeli relations, perhaps under a new contractual framework, should be concluded by early 2008. Thus, this timely volume offers an early assessment of EU-Israeli relations in the AP's wake.

this volume compiles the work of experts who have explored the military conflict in the Middle East, with each paper shedding light on a different aspect of the current state of affairs: diplomatic, security and economic elements as well as their interconnections. It therefore provides a broad perspective on the local and more global conflicts that represent key strategic issues for Israel and the EU. As a direct sequel to the previous two volumes, the monitor offers conclusions and constructive recommendations for promoting EU-Israel relations.
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