Perejil/Leila: Lessons for Europe. Why Have All Failed?

Vasconçelos, Álvaro de (2002) Perejil/Leila: Lessons for Europe. Why Have All Failed? Boletín Elcano (3). 3 p.. ISSN 1696-3326

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Abstract

The dispute between Spain and Morocco took an unexpected turn with the Moroccan occupation of the rock of Perejil/Leila and the heavy-handed Spanish military intervention that followed, both accompanied by strong pressure from the European Union and a declaration of support for Morocco from the Arab League. The most shocking aspect of the current crisis is that in the year or so since the Moroccan ambassador was recalled from Madrid, diplomacy has failed on both sides to find solutions to the dispute that poisons relations between two states, which beyond their known divergences have a lot of common interests arising from geographical as well as economic, human and growing political proximity. It is a proximity that condemns both countries to get along. The failure of two prestigious diplomacies in managing bilateral differences is a case study of what not to do. The EU intervention thus far should also be examined because it shows how delicate it can be to adopt a position when a member State puts pressure on European institutions and a friendly country which has placed so many expectations on a closer relationship with the Union are at odds over a number of unresolved bilateral and multilateral issues. The crisis also reveals the absence or perhaps the inadequacy of mechanisms for Euro-Mediterranean crisis prevention and resolution, and how necessary they really are – even more so in the post-September 11 climate of mutual suspicion.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europa / Seguridad y Defensa
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > MILITARY ACTIVITY.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > AGGRESSION.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > BILATERAL RELATIONS.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > SOVEREIGNTY.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > MOROCCO
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > SPAIN
CULTURE; SOCIETY > SOCIETY > CONFLICTS
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 19:31
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2011 19:31
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/428

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