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Chatham House Webinar: Europe’s Role in MENA Conflict Zones: A Declining Influence?
Europe has long-standing ties with countries in the Middle East and North Africa. However, a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe has turned inwards, closing borders, and focusing on internal responses to the outbreak. The pandemic has exacerbated conflicts in the MENA region, affecting European geopolitical and security interests, including those of the UK. While the EU, for example, has been the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syria and has played an instrumental role in the Libyan conflict, in its role to broker the Libyan Political Agreement, a disjointed European policy approach to the MENA region has allowed for other international powers to gain influence.

In this discussion, the panellists will explore key questions and decisions for European countries and institutions about their engagement and role in the MENA region. What does Europe’s declining influence mean for its geopolitical and security interests? How will the new Biden administration affect European policy towards Syria and Libya? How will other powers like Russia and Turkey respond? Has the pandemic affected the EU’s long-term capacity for conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the region?

This event is being held in partnership with the Al Sharq Forum and is part of the Europe and its Neighbourhood conference series. It is open to all Chatham House members as well as Al Sharq Forum supporters and stakeholders. Register now to share, debate and develop ideas on this critical international issue. Guests of the Al Sharq Forum please e-mail SamMartin@chathamhouse.org to register.

As with all Chatham House events, members' questions drive the conversation. Register now to share, debate and develop ideas on this critical international issue.

Feb 17, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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