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Geopolitical Shifts in the Eastern Mediterranean 26 février 2013

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Security Policy Brief (EGMONT) No. 43, February 2013
Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations

Patrick Nopens *

Three major geopolitical events are putting the stability of the Eastern Mediterranean at risk. Most of the region is in a deep monetary and economic crisis. The Arab Spring is causing turmoil in the Levant and the Maghreb. Gas and oil discoveries, if not well managed, could further destabilise the region. At the same time, Russia and Turkey are staging a comeback. In the face of these challenges, the EU approaches the Greek sovereign debt crisis nearly exclusively from a financial and economic viewpoint. This brief argues that the EU has to develop a comprehensive strategy for the region, complementing its existing multilateral regional framework with bilateral agreements in order to secure its interests in the Eastern Mediterranean.

* Brigadier General (Ret’d) Patrick F.P. Nopens is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Belgian Royal Institute for International Relations – Egmont. From 2000 to 2004 and from 2007 to 2008 he served as the Belgian defence attaché in the Russian Federation and several countries of the CIS. Currently he acts as subject matter expert for the NATO Building Integrity Programme and lives in Athens.

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