The Middle East is witnessing a level of regional-power rivalry unseen since the end of the Cold War. Not only are competing interests fuelling the civil wars in the region; the direct involvement of Russia, the US and other NATO countries has made the scenario of a direct military confrontation a possibility again. On the political side, the state of the countries of the region varies between grand political ambitions of reform and reorganization, stagnation and disintegration.
- What is the future of the Iran nuclear deal and what is the US policy towards the broader region?
- What will the future regional order look like and what are Europe’s options for strategic engagement?
- How can Europe help to deconflict the situation and what influence does it still have on the key actors?
- Who are Europe’s partners in the region?