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Geopolitics and the energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean: Mapping a way out of the crisis

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Geopolitics and the energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean: Mapping a way out of the crisis
The Circle Foundation is proud to announce yet another timely event on the geopolitics and the energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The recent discoveries of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean have been among the main drivers of the changing geopolitical and security dynamics in the region.

While a collective interest in leveraging eastern Mediterranean gas reserves spurred increased cooperation between the neighboring states, it also created energy-related insecurities that extend to and affect inter-state relations negatively.

Energy has therefore become another point of contention among both traditional and more contemporary geopolitical rivals in the Eastern Mediterranean, particularly between Turkey and states such as Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Egypt and led to the creation of a new geopolitical front in the Eastern Mediterranean.

These disputes have also now grown to encompass the civil wars in Libya and Syria, and have drawn in states from as far afield as the Gulf and Russia. The militarization of the region and deep-rooted political disputes give ample reason for concern.

Given this background and context, how can the involved countries chart a way out of the current deadlock in Eastern Mediterranean? Can the Eastern Mediterranean gas reserves be a source of cooperation, rather than conflict?

Against this backdrop, the panel will explore navigating solutions for the crisis and discuss the alternative answers to how the Eastern Mediterranean equation can be resolved.

Mar 4, 2021 06:00 PM 

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