Past event

Research Event

Regional Developments and the Peace Process: Implications for EU Policy

Participants

Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Professor Rosemary Hollis, City University
Dr Maha Azzam, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Dr Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Overview

THIS EVENT IS FULL AND REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED

The panellists will provide a regional update of recent developments across the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on implications for UK, US and specifically European policy towards the stalled Middle East Peace Process (MEPP).

The British Foreign Secretary recently warned that the peace process may lose further momentum, a casualty of regional uncertainty. Do such fears herald a more assertive European role towards breaking the deadlock, as existing policy templates are over-taken by new emerging currents? Or will concerns about the repercussions of events in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world lead to divided opinions and the continuation of a fragmented European approach towards the MEPP and the broader Middle East?

Does the EU, in fact, need to rethink how it conducts policy towards the Middle East as well as what that policy needs to consist of over the coming months?