The traditional definition of security in military terms is inadequate. Economic, social, demographic and environmental problems have a considerable impact on national security. A broader concept of security should be adopted to encompass not only the stricto sensu military aspects (the so- called “high politics”), but also other aspect such as economic, social, demographic, environmental, etc. (“low politics”). In this context, the Mediterranean region constitutes a “security complex” characterized by high interdependence, which makes close cooperation among Mediterranean countries absolutely necessary for the solution of various common problems.

Title Security Problems in the Mediterranean
Author Thanos Dokos
Edition WP97.004, 1997