Virtual Debate @Academy: Europe and the Scramble for the Eastern Mediterranean

on Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 1:00 pm

via Zoom 

Galip Dalay, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy 

Kristina Kausch, Senior Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Charles Thépaut, Visiting Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali

Frederic Wehrey, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Tarik Yousef, Director, Brookings Doha Center

Moderated by
Günter Seufert, Head, Centre for Applied Turkey Studies


Please register here.



From the Libya imbroglio to power rivalries over hydrocarbon resources, the Eastern Mediterranean is increasingly becoming an epicenter of interlocking crises. Almost all regional divides and power struggles that have defined Middle Eastern politics since the onset of the Arab uprisings are currently unfolding in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey, Egypt, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel and to a lesser extent Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are all engaged in fierce rivalries to shape the region’s emerging political, security and energy order. Even more ominously, the dispute between Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece over gas fields are fast creating new geopolitical fault lines between Turkey and Europe. Given the geographic location, Europe cannot afford to remain inactive on developments there. Indeed, these contests are a major test for the new geopolitical Europe.  

This session aims to tackle the following questions:

  • How is the geopolitical contest over hydrocarbon resources in Eastern Mediterranean evolving?
  • How are the contests shaping the regional rivalries and power blocs?
  • Where is the energy dispute between Turkey and the EU in the Eastern Mediterranean heading?
  • What are possible scenarios and endgames in Libya?