Géopolitique

Cette page regroupe l'ensemble des publications de Futuribles sur cette thématique (Vigie, revue, bibliographie, études, etc.)

Futurs d'antan

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Institutions

Crisis in the Eurozone: The Contemporary Relevance of the Werner Plan of 1970 (Future of Yesteryear)

For some months now, the European Union has been facing an economic and financial crisis in which the challenge to the member states has been to find the means to bolster the economic governance of the eurozone. If they fail to do so, the monetary union that has been in existence for some 10 years might hit the buffers. There have been ever more European summits and Franco-German meetings aimed at finding a way out of the Greek crisis and, more generally, a solution to the general destabilization of the European financial system, but ultimately, as Frédéric Allemand shows here, they are hardly proposing anything more than was advocated in the Werner Report of 1970. That report had, in fact, drawn up a particularly far-sighted “plan for achieving economic and monetary union by stages.” However, for want of genuine political support at the time, it was not carried through.

Economic and monetary union was, indeed, established by the Maastricht Treaty in the 1990s, but the union provided was of a minimal kind and did not follow the recommendations proposed by the Werner Report, of which Frédéric Allemand reminds us here. As a result, monetary integration was implemented without economic integration, and particularly without the establishment of a “decision-making centre for economic policy” that would be responsible to the European Parliament and enforce strict control of national budgetary policies. Now that the facts have cruelly shown up the failings that ensued from the omission of such a central structure, perhaps Europe’s leaders will at last get back to fundamentals and, wittingly or otherwise, see through the various stages of the Werner Plan…

Revue

Géopolitique

Prospects for Syria: Will Bashar al-Assad’s Regime Fall?

The popular uprising in Syria began almost a year ago in the wake of the wave of hope produced by the “Arab springs” in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. But the Syrian government is a hardier beast than its North African counterparts. Possessing armed and administrative services still very loyal to president Bashar al-Assad, it bloodily represses the regular demonstrations of opponents calling for regime change. The international community, including the Arab League, has been trying for months to put pressure on Bashar al-Assad to end this repression and give way to some popular demands. Nothing has come of this. In this context, what might the prospects be for this country, whose role and influence remain central in the Middle East?

Olivier Marty examines the question, beginning with the salient features of the current regime: the legacy of Hafez al-Assad, attempts at internal modernization, and a stifled society with no room left for manoeuvre in a context of growing communal tension. He goes on to demonstrate how Syria has positioned itself over time internationally – and, particularly, in terms of its alliances – and to show its still essential role in that highly troubled region of the Middle East. Lastly, Olivier Marty sketches out what the scenarios might be for overcoming the crisis in Syria, though here he inclines more towards the view that the situation is likely to deteriorate (on account, among other things, of the difficulties the international community would have in intervening militarily), with the bolstering of financial sanctions and political support for the opposition. In this connection, he specifies the roles of the various states involved in the management of the crisis – Turkey, Russia, Europe, USA etc.
If, as this article suggests, there is still a high risk of political stalemate, let us hope for the sake of Syrian civilians that it does not last long.

Note de veille

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

Le protectionnisme version Mercosur, un nouveau modèle commercial ?

Alors que les pays européens réfléchissent à des solutions fiscales et douanières pour favoriser leurs productions locales, les pays d’Amérique du Sud, eux, multiplient depuis plusieurs années déjà les mesures protectionnistes. L’Argentine se distingue particulièrement dans ce domaine, car le gouvernement considère que le protectionnisme est nécessaire à la sauvegarde de l’industrie du pays.

Futurs d'antan

Géopolitique - Institutions

The Duke of Sully’s Project for European Confederation (1630s) (Future of Yesteryear)

The economic and financial crisis raging since 2008 has, in recent months, brought the European Union up against its contradictions and shown how difficult, if not impossible, it is to cope with the economic difficulties that beset the Euro zone unless we press on further with the political integration of the region. Though it goes back more than 50 years, the construction of Europe has been at a standstill for a decade or so now. Let us not forget, however, that the EU has succeeded in bringing peace to a continent that had previously seen centuries of warfare. This is no small achievement and doubtless the Duke of Sully, who, as early as the 17th century – and at the height of the Thirty Years’ War – dreamt of a peaceful European Confederation, would have been happy with the outcome. At the end of his life, this famous French statesman drafted a plan aimed at establishing a “very Christian republic” federated around 15 major European nations, so that the peoples of Europe might live together and enjoy enormous power. It is a plan we should re-read if we wish to understand that the aspiration to create a European Union was neither new nor easy to achieve.
Gérard Blanc has re-discovered this plan and here outlines its aims, the nations concerned, the forms of political organization envisaged and many other elements that refer, in certain cases, to what are still topical issues for the European Union as it exists at the dawn of the 21st century.

Tribune européenne

Géopolitique - Institutions

Europe Paralyzed: An Inefficient Decision-making System in Need of Urgent Change

As has been said in this European column and in many other publications in recent months, the current economic crisis – particularly the sovereign debt crisis – has brought the European Union up against its limits. It is, in fact, very difficult to take the decisions that are required at the economic level without efficient authorities of governance. With 27 members and a system of decision-making that requires unanimity for matters of “vital interest” (the definition of which may differ substantially from one country to another and stray far from the general interest of the European Community as a whole), the Union hardly possesses the political means to fulfil its ambitions. This is what Jean-François Drevet shows here, reminding us of the EU’s decision-making system, the way it was constructed and the limitations it has experienced over many years. It is a system urgently in need of reform – without doubt towards a more federal mode of operation.

Rapport annuel vigie

Économie, emploi - Éducation - Géopolitique - Institutions - Population - Recherche, sciences, techniques - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement - Société, modes de vie

Rapport Vigie 2012. Tendances à l’horizon 2020-2030

Ce Rapport Vigie est l’édition 2012 du rapport annuel du système Vigie. Ce dispositif de l’association Futuribles International a pour ambition de fournir à ses membres des analyses prospectives qui éclairent le champ des futurs possibles dans 15 domaines. Le Rapport Vigie 2010 proposait un panorama de tendances lourdes et d’incertitudes majeures pour chacun de ces domaines à l’horizon 2020-2030. Il nous est apparu utile de reprendre ce rapport, de le réexaminer, de l’actualiser et ...

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Chapitre de rapport annuel vigie

Géopolitique

Chapitre 4 du rapport Vigie 2012 : Géopolitique Partie 2 : Afrique

Tendance 1. Poursuite de la transition démographique en Afrique Tendance 2. Le retour de la croissance économique africaine Tendance 3. Les équilibres africains menacés par les défis environnementaux Tendance 4. Baisse incertaine de la conflictualité en Afrique Tendance 5. Essor de deux religiosités jumelles au sud du Sahara

Chapitre de rapport annuel vigie

Géopolitique

Chapitre 4 du rapport Vigie 2012 : Géopolitique Partie 5 : Méditerrannée

Tendance 1. Crispations géopolitiques en Méditerranée Tendance 2. Montée en puissance de l’islam politique en Méditerranée Tendance 3. Fracture hydraulique et foncière en Méditerranée Tendance 4. Fracture et insécurité économiques en Méditerranée Tendance 5. L’affirmation des sociétés arabes

Chapitre de rapport annuel vigie

Géopolitique

Chapitre 4 du rapport Vigie 2012 : Géopolitique Partie 4 : Asie

Tendance 1. Poids démographique croissant de l’Asie du Sud Tendance 2. Intégration économique croissante de l’Asie du Sud Tendance 3. La Chine puissance dominante en Asie du Sud-Est Tendance 4. Le rééquilibrage de l’économie chinoise Tendance 5. En Inde, croissance économique et pauvreté persistante Tendance 6. Poursuite de la stratégie d’expansion chinoise Tendance 7. Consolidation de l’alliance nippo-américaine face à la Chine

Chapitre de rapport annuel vigie

Géopolitique

Chapitre 4 du rapport Vigie 2012 : Géopolitique Partie 3 : Amérique latine

Tendance 1. Amérique latine, la fin relative du « pré carré » des États-Unis Tendance 2. Le Brésil, un nouveau modèle de puissance Tendance 3. Le continent latino-américain ébranlé par le narcotrafic Tendance 4. « Révolutions sud-américaines », des gauches divergentes

Chapitre de rapport annuel vigie

Géopolitique

Chapitre 4 du rapport Vigie 2012 : Géopolitique Partie 1 : Rapports de forces

Tendance 1. Diminution de la conflictualité dans le monde Tendance 2. Vers un rééquilibrage mondial de la puissance Tendance 3. Vers un monde nucléaire multipolaire Tendance 4. Persistance et mutations du terrorisme

Chapitre de rapport annuel vigie

Géopolitique

Chapitre 4 du rapport Vigie 2012 : Géopolitique Partie 6 : Union européenne

Tendance 1. Une Europe à géométrie variable Tendance 2. Une zone euro au bord de l’implosion Tendance 3. L’Union européenne en proie aux replis nationalistes Tendance 4. Pas de sécurisation des importations énergétiques de l’UE Tendance 5. Une voix commune européenne balbutiante Tendance 6. Relations incertaines de l’UE avec son voisinage oriental Tendance 7. Renforcement de la solidarité transatlantique Sources et ressources

Bibliography

Géopolitique - Société, modes de vie

« Quelques sujets qui feront l’actualité en 2012 »

Dans cet article, paru dans le magazine Slate, l’auteur tente de dégager neuf tendances à l’horizon 2012 dans le domaine des relations internationales.En 2011, la presse internationale a accordé une place importante aux dépenses chinoises en matière de défense sans réellement mentionner les ambitions militaires croissantes de l’Inde. Pourtant, l’Inde est aujourd’hui le plus gros importateur d’armes au monde : entre 2006 et 2010, elle a représenté 9 % des transferts internationaux d’armes. D ...

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Note de veille

Géopolitique - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Géopolitique du blé en Méditerranée

Les pays de l’Afrique du Nord (AFN) sont confrontés à des enjeux agricoles extrêmement complexes les plaçant dans une situation d’insécurité inquiétante . Le blé incarne à lui tout seul à quel point un produit peut faire l’objet d’une étroite surveillance politique, car nécessitant à la fois des mesures internes pour le rendre accessible au plus grand nombre mais aussi des stratégies commerciales pour acheter à l’étranger ce que la production locale ne saurait couvrir en ...

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Bibliography

Géopolitique

The Future of an Asia-Europe Strategic Partnership in Conflict Transfo

Lancé à Bangkok en 1996, le Dialogue Asie-Europe ou ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) est un forum informel de dialogue qui regroupe d’une part la Commission européenne et les 27 pays membres de l’Union européenne, et d’autre part le secrétariat de l’Association des nations d’Asie du Sud-Est (ASEAN), les 10 pays membres de l’ASEAN (Birmanie, Brunei, Cambodge, Indonésie, Laos, Malaisie, Philippines, Singapour, Thaïlande, Viêt-nam), ainsi que la Chine, le Japon et la Corée du Sud (ASEAN ...

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CR colloque

Géopolitique

The Future of an Asia-Europe Partnership in Conflict Transformation. 8th Asia-Europe Roundtable

Lancé à Bangkok en 1996, le Dialogue Asie-Europe ou ASEM [Asia-Europe Meeting] est un forum informel de dialogue qui regroupe d'une part la Commission européenne et les 27 membres de l'Union européenne, et d'autre part le secrétariat de l'Association des nations d’Asie du Sud-Est (ASEAN), les dix pays membres de l’ASEAN (Birmanie, Brunei, Cambodge, Indonésie, Laos, Malaisie, Philippines, Singapour, Thaïlande, Viêt-nam), ainsi que la Chine, le Japon et la Corée du Sud (ASEAN+3 ...

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Tribune européenne

Géopolitique - Institutions

The Foreign Policy of Turkey and Europe

In the current context of the “Arab springs” and the victory of the Islamist Ennahda Party at the elections held in late October 2011 in Tunisia, the situation in Turkey is attracting more and more interest. As we saw last month in these pages, this country situated at the boundary between East and West, which is secular and democratic and yet led by an Islamic government that has enjoyed broad popular support for almost ten years, is currently reclaiming its diplomatic independence and acquiring unprecedented regional and international scope. Does this mean Turkey is turning its back on Europe and looking toward the East? That seems highly unlikely, but it is clear, as Jean-François Drevet shows here, that the new foreign policy of Ankara has – and will have – important consequences for the relations between Turkey and the EU, and perhaps on its prospects of membership of the Union.
Apart from the longstanding difficulties posed by the Cyprus problem, the Turkish determination to give a religious dimension (in this case, an Islamic one) to its foreign policy could raise a new obstacle on the path to membership, as could the difficulties Ankara is experiencing in its attempt to eliminate all the problems from its relations with its neighbours (particularly, Israel, Greece or Armenia). And though Turkey may seem to Europeans like an important regional partner, we should not – provided that the country remains interested in joining the Union – fall into a policy of culpable indulgence towards it, akin to that long practised by the USA.

Note de veille

Géopolitique

L’Égypte, huit mois plus tard… : quelles perspectives politiques ?

Le processus électoral a été entamé en Égypte, le 12 octobre 2011, par l’ouverture des candidatures aux parlementaires. Le processus révèle une réelle complexification du champ politique égyptien et se déroule dans un contexte gouvernemental fortement controversé. Le chaos sécuritaire, la persistance des problèmes sociaux et économiques, et le manque de conscience politique en toile de fond représentent des défis qui alourdissent les doutes sur l’avenir. Un tableau qui mérite cependant d’être nuancé.

Editorial

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Institutions - Société, modes de vie

Le réveil de l’Europe ?

« Ouvrons les yeux, s’écriait Jacques Delors le 18 août dernier, l’euro et l’Europe sont au bord du gouffre. Et pour ne pas tomber, le choix me paraît simple : soit les États membres acceptent la coopération économique renforcée que j’ai toujours réclamée, soit ils transfèrent des pouvoirs supplémentaires à l’Union. » Un mois plus tard, à l’issue de la réunion des ministres des Finances de la zone euro qui s’est tenue en Pologne, l’ancien ...

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Tribune européenne

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Institutions

Maastricht, Twenty Years On

The Maastricht Treaty that founded the European Union was signed in February 1992 and came into force in November 1993. It will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary. However, as Jean-François Drevet shows here, after a period of some ten years in which real progress towards European integration was made, the soufflé has since collapsed somewhat.
At a point when the Union faces one of the most serious crises it has known, this column takes stock of the three major pillars set in place by the Maastricht Treaty: monetary union, “internal” policy, and foreign and common security policy. In these three areas, the conclusion is the same: the Union is stagnating because it will not move to a higher stage, the stage of genuine European governance in the fields of economics, migration policy and diplomacy. Yet on paper Europe has equipped itself with the means to achieve its ambitions; it remains, then, for the leaders of the national governments to size up the issues confronting them today (at times violently) and opt for the only solution that seems logical – federal governance. Perhaps they will have to hit rock bottom before they realize that there is no other way to rise again. But then the European Union will acquire a wholly new stature.

Revue

Géopolitique - Société, modes de vie

The Many Faces of the Turkish Model

The re-election in June 2011 of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in Turkey, confirmed the rootedness in Turkish society of the AKP, the Islamic party that has commanded a majority in the country since 2002. It has to be said that the “Turkish model”, so often advocated by Western countries in the 20th century, has undergone major development and is arousing growing attention on the part of Turkey’s Arab neighbours. Given the geopolitical upheavals affecting North Africa and the Middle East for almost a year now, can this non-Arab border-nation between East and West, with its secular, democratic state led by an Islamic party enjoying broad popular support, become a source of regional inspiration ?
Jean Marcou examines this question within the framework of the series of articles on the Mediterranean initiated by Futuribles in 2011. He begins by reminding us how much the image of Turkey has changed in less than a century, with the “Turkish model” evolving from that of a modernized, secular Muslim country – which, despite a relatively flimsy layer of democracy and the domination of politics by the army, became an ally of the West – into a democracy asserting its Muslim identity and exercising an independent diplomacy. This has been a course of development that has left the country no longer an estranged “brother” to its Arab neighbours, but a power with renewed autonomy vis-à-vis the West and an example that might inspire those countries which have just emancipated themselves from the yoke of dictators. Quite clearly, as Jean Marcou reminds us, a number of internal ambiguities and difficulties remain, beginning with the Kurdish question, but the former “Sick Man of Europe” has undoubtedly become a key actor again in this region that stands the crossroads of Africa, Europe and Asia.

Chapitre Géopolitique

Ce chapitre est extrait du Rapport Vigie 2016 de Futuribles International, qui propose un panorama structuré des connaissances et des incertitudes des experts que l'association a mobilisés pour explorer les évolutions des 15 à 35 prochaines années sur 11 thématiques.