New Dynamics in The Eastern Mediterranean25 April 2018 | Workshop | English | The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem
While the Arab Middle East is in turmoil and is capturing international attention mostly due to crises and instability, the Eastern Mediterranean sub-region is witnessing some positive diplomatic momentum. Signs of increased political cooperation between different countries, new opportunities for economic and energy cooperation, as well as common threats related to security and refugee flow all lead to the emergence of the Eastern Mediterranean as a new sub-region.
However, this positive momentum is challenged by a variety of geo-political factors, including the war in Syria and its consequences; the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian and Cyprus conflicts; the crisis between Turkey and Egypt; the Palestinian split and the situation in Gaza; the growing involvement of foreign actors in the sub-region with their own political agenda; and mounting obstacles to the promotion of democracy, tolerance and human rights.
Navigating the sub-region towards a win-win, rather than a zero-sum reality requires relevant stakeholders to gain more knowledge, better understand regional dynamics, identify opportunities for cooperation, overcome conflicts and contradictory interests, and practise skilled and inclusive diplomacy.
The workshop aims at presenting the final results of the Joint Policy Study.