Long simmering tensions between powers in the Eastern Mediterranean have recently escalated to crisis levels. Competition between Turkey, Cyprus and Greece over gas discoveries, long-standing maritime border disputes, and regional rivalries have led to heightened tensions in the region. With bilateral attempts at negotiation remaining stalled, efforts to reduce tensions within NATO and the European Union have yet to produce results. While the President of the EU Council called on EU member states to discuss a coordinated response to the regional tensions, French President Macron’s confrontational rhetoric against Turkey exacerbates the situation. Will diplomatic efforts lead to a permanent solution, or even reduce tensions? Will other NATO members join France in supporting one side or another or will they sit on the sidelines? How have things gotten so bad in the first place?
The SETA Foundation at Washington DC is pleased to host an expert panel discussion to discuss the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean.