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This makes it easier to discuss security issues, and this limits—though does not eliminate entirely—the effect of the Middle East peace process on the dialogue. COOPERATION AND COORDINATION Given the multitude of initiatives that already exist in the Mediterranean, there is a need for closer coordination of efforts, particularly between Western initiatives, to ensure that they complement one another and don’t work at cross purposes. Here the goal should be to achieve synergy. 42 NATO’s Mediterranean Initiative: Policy Issues and Dilemmas Greatest synergy is achieved when strategic goals converge and competitive goals diverge—when activities and skills are complementary.

From a European perspective, the WMD and ballistic missile threat will acquire more serious dimensions where it is coupled with a proliferator’s revolutionary orientation. Today, this is the case with regard to Iran, Iraq, Libya, and arguably Syria. But political circumstances could evolve in ways that would throw the WMD aspirations of other regional actors into sharper relief. Even short of dramatic changes in the political orientation of WMD-capable states, crises around the Mediterranean or in the Persian Gulf could raise the specter of WMD-related threats to European territory.

Most of the talks among partners took place bilaterally to defuse the Har Homa crisis, and little attention was paid to important agenda items such as the stability pact. While EU officials stress that the Barcelona process is not a substitute for the Middle East peace process, EU relations with Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and the Palestinian National Authority will be inevitably influenced by the state of Arab-Israeli relations. The preliminary talks under way with Syria, for instance, are not likely to lead to the signing of an association agreement unless the peace process makes substantial progress.

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