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A European Neighbourhood Policy for the Post-Arab Spring World

17 November 2015 - 8:00am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


Michael Koehler, Director of Neighbourhood South, DG NEAR - Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
Chair: Sir Simon Fraser, Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2010-15)



With the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) review due to be finalized by the end of the year, Europe finds itself with very different neighbourhood concerns than when the policy was first put forward. Five years after the Arab Spring, many of Europe’s North African and Middle Eastern neighbours find themselves riven with political turmoil, sectarian division and civil war. As a result of this unrest, the European Union is at the centre of a refugee crisis that could have significant repercussions for the future of national elections in member states and even the shape of the Union itself.

Michael Koehler will offer his thoughts on how a revised ENP can be suited to the new security concerns in the MENA region and the actions necessitated by the refugee crisis. How can the EU utilize the ENP to strengthen its role as an international actor? And how can the policy be adapted to be truly prospective given the dynamic and uncertain political and security situations faced by many of the neighbours to which it seeks to reach out?

Attendance is strictly by invitation only. To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
This event is only open to Major Corporate Member and Partner organizations of Chatham House. To register for this event, please RSVP to Linda Bedford.