Is a natural disaster enough to defuse tensions between two critical NATO allies? Barış Atakan Kafadar explores how earthquake diplomacy has been successful in the past, and why it has the potential to become the catalyst for long-lasting cooperation today.
The Far-Right Supporting NATO? Giorgia Meloni and Italy’s New Government
Will the newly elected Giorgi Meloni maintain ties with NATO? Barış Atakan Kafadar examines the implications of the new Italian far-right government on NATO-Italy relations.
New Possibilities: Israel and the East Mediterranean Energy Landscape
In this article Joseph Bouchard examines the implications and impacts of Israel’s membership in the East Mediterranean Gas Forum and the impact of its growing offshore exploration on regional energy security.
NATO’s Unsteady Southern Flank
Talks between two of NATO’s southernmost members don’t seem to be making progress, as Turkey and Greece seem as far apart as ever. Elliott Simpson examines the latest flare up between these unlikely allies, and its effect on the strength of NATO’s southern flank.
A Terrorist’s Tempest: The Challenge of Operation Sea Guardian
As Europe confronts Jihadists from across the Mediterranean, Arjun Singh lays out measures to upgrade NATO’s maritime operation for better European security.
Egypt Is Becoming Central to NATO-Area Geo-Economics
The Arab Spring threw a wrench into Egypt’s promising liquified natural gas (LNG) industry. Now, with stability returned to that country and the discovery of new gas deposits in the Nile littoral, Egypt is poised to become a major source of energy to the E.U. market. As auspicious as this sounds, it raises the stakes in an already volatile region marked by militarization and beset by inter-state strife and transcontinental tension.
The Program Editors Weigh in on “Regions in Review”: The Eastern Mediterranean
On the Editor’s Forum, program editors at NAOC continue their case-by-case examination of different areas of the globe and identify their respective security contingencies. In this instalment, the Eastern Mediterranean is the region being reviewed.
Energy Conflicts Threaten The East Mediterranean
The continuing news about the Syrian Civil War tends to obscure the emergence of the East Mediterranean basin as a potentially significant energy-producing region, where military clashes in coming months cannot be ruled out. Recent energy-related success stories in the region include Egypt’s offshore gas discoveries and the continuing growth of Israel’s offshore gas projects, Read More…
Is the EU Trying to Make Migration a Libya Problem?
EU members met with Libya to discuss plans to stem the flow of migration from Africa to Europe. Farah Bogani explores the potential impacts of the new migration policy and whether it risks increasing instability in Libya.
On Italy’s Security Landscape…Mare Nostrum.
Michael Oshell profiles the security of one of NATO’s founding members in this multi-piece series.