EU-Middle East Relations Revisited: Workshop in Brussels

On 27 and 28 January 2016, CARPO organized the “EU-Middle East Relations Revisited” conference in Brussels. This closed-door “Track 2″ meeting was hosted by the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. It brought together experts from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iran, as well as analysts and policy makers from European think tanks and EU institutions. Throughout the two-day conference, participants elaborated on how EU-Middle East relations need to be re-defined in the post-nuclear agreement context in order to reintegrate Iran while not alienating GCC countries. The discussions were led along the four core themes of “regional security”, “economy and trade”, “environmental issues” and “cultural policies and soft power”. The most important insights and key recommendations to countries of the region and European governments will be compiled in a conference report which will be published in due time.

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