chapter  10
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Mediterranean Security: Redefining Naval Force Structures after the Cold War

This is a story of continuities and discontinuities. The continuities derive from the unchanging geographic characteristics of the Mediterranean area, while the discontinuities can usually be traced to the perpetual flow of social, economic and political developments taking place around its shores. Accordingly, when looking at the maritime situation before and after the end of the Cold War we should expect to find, not a sudden and dramatic transformation, but more of a shift in emphasis because, while some things have changed, many have not. And this is indeed what we find.