The Mediterranean Policy Program encourages open, objective debate and analysis on Mediterranean policy questions, with an emphasis on transatlantic stakes and strategies. Our work spans southern Europe, Turkey, North Africa and the Levant, and underscores the growing interdependence between the Mediterranean and adjacent regions, and the connections between Mediterranean, transatlantic, and global dynamics. In addition to senior policymakers and established experts, GMF endeavours to bring new and younger voices to these debates.
The Mediterranean Policy Program is conducted in partnership with the Compagnia di San Paolo, the OCP Foundation and Noble Energy. It is a focal point for GMF’s cooperation with southern European and southern Mediterranean institutions, including IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali) in Rome.
The Mediterranean Strategy Group, the core convening activity of the program, addresses topics of concern to governments and the private sector, including foreign and defense policy, economics and finance, maritime commerce, and energy security. The Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project focuses on the political and economic implications, risks, and opportunities flowing from the recent energy discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
In parallel, GMF conducts an active program of transatlantic research and analysis Mediterranean issues. Since 2014, GMF is also a key partner in New-Med, a research network of Mediterranean experts, established by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, alongside GMF and the Compagnia di San Paolo.
The Mediterranean Policy Program is led by Dr. Ian Lesser, GMF’s senior director for Foreign and Security Policy and executive director of the Brussels office. Key program staff includes Sir Michael Leigh, GMF senior advisor, Emiliano Alessandri, GMF non-resident fellow, and Charlotte Brandsma, program coordinator.
For more information about the Mediterranean Policy Program, please contact Charlotte Brandsma in Brussels at firstname.lastname@example.org or +32 2 238 5217.