february, 2021

17feb17:0018:15Europe’s Role in MENA Conflict Zones: A Declining Influence?


Event Description

Europe has long-standing ties with countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. However, a year into the coronavirus crisis, Europe has turned inwards, closing its borders and focusing on internal responses to the pandemic.

The pandemic has exacerbated existing conflicts in the MENA region, affecting European geopolitical and geosecurity interests, including those of the UK. But, while the EU, has been the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syria, and has played an instrumental role in the Libyan conflict in its role brokering the Libyan Political Agreement, a disjointed European approach to the region recently has allowed for other international powers to gain influence.

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


(Wednesday) 17:00 - 18:15


Online - Zoom

Speakers for this event

  • Tarik M. Yousef

    Tarik M. Yousef

    Director of Brooking Doha Center and Senior fellow

    Tarik M. Yousef is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program and the Director of the Brookings Doha Center. His career has spanned the academic world at Georgetown University and the Harvard Kennedy School; the public policy arena at the IMF, the World Bank and more recently the NGO space at Silatech. He has a PhD in economics from Harvard University

    Director of Brooking Doha Center and Sen...

  • Maria Fantappie

    Maria Fantappie

    Senior Analyst at International Crisis Group

    Maria Fantappie is Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Iraq. Maria has conducted fieldwork in Iraq and Syria since 2009, and works with other members of the Middle East & North Africa team to research and produce reports on security, conflict, politics, governance, and social issues on Iraq, Syria and the Kurdish regions. She has engaged policymakers on her research at some of the highest levels of government in the US, Europe and the Middle East.

    Senior Analyst at International Crisis G...

  • Christian Hanelt

    Christian Hanelt

    Senior Expert for Middle East, Gulf Region, North Africa, EU Southern Neighbourhood, Bertelsmann Stiftung

    Senior Expert for Middle East, Gulf Regi...

  • Daniela Huber

    Daniela Huber

    Head, Mediterranean and Middle East Programme, Istituto Affari Internazionali

    Head, Mediterranean and Middle East Prog...

  • Michelle Pace

    Michelle Pace

    Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House

    Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chat...

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