June 2018 Eastern Mediterranean Regional Dynamics: Conflicts and Opportunities for Conflict Resolution Support
Rebecca Bornstein Director of External Relations, Researcher Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies

Abstract

Diplomatic engagement between countries in the Eastern Mediterranean presents the opportunity for greater regional cooperation on a range of issues, including policy, security and economic growth. Increased cooperation has the potential to lead to shared regional norms and institutions that promote regional stability and aid in conflict resolution support. But the potential for regional cohesion is limited, both because of differences in national priorities and recent and long-standing conflicts. This policy brief explores the limitations and potential of conflict resolution support in the Eastern Mediterranean. It offers operational recommendations for experts and policy-makers working to strengthen regional dialogue and find new lenses for approaching conflict resolution.