Europe has primarily been characterized either by its non-proactive or sporadic foreign policy in the Middle East — lacking continental unity in responding to Turkey’s military incursion and failing to offer full support in Tunisia’s democratization. With the EU subject to increasing criticism for its neutrality in Middle Eastern conflicts, is it time to fill Europe’s vacancy with a more unified, determined strategy ?
Europe has major stakes in encouraging Saudi Iranian de-escalation and solidifying its stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And while it is clear that stabilizing the Middle East brings security benefits, better access to energy sources, and more favorable trade deals for Europe, the question of how exactly Europe should position itself on the geopolitical landscape remains fraught.
Can Europe effectively emerge as a legitimate mediator in the Middle East ? And if so, how best should it respond to far-reaching conflicts spanning from state-sponsored atrocities in Syria to the US’ withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement ?
Come debate Europe’s diplomatic and economic entanglements in the Middle East with us this Wednesday at 8 pm !