Transatlantic Security Policy Towards a Changing Middle East
On February 6th, 2015, the GMF Paris, in association with Chatham House, organized the second workshop of the “Transatlantic Strategy Group on the Future of U.S. Global Leadership”. The event, entitled “Transatlantic Security Policy Towards a Changing Middle East” took place at the British ambassador’s residence in Paris, and brought together thirty experts, scholars, officials, journalists and corporate representatives from Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. The discussions were held under Chatham House rules.
The workshop was organized around four sessions featuring each a panel with two speakers structured as follows:
Session One: Assessing Recent Changes in the Middle East
Session Two: US Policy in Flux: Withdrawal or Reengagement?
Session Three: The Terms of the Transatlantic Partnership: Defining Europe’s Strategic Role in the Middle East
Session Four: A True European Ambition for the Middle East?
Over the course of a day, the group discussed how recent geopolitical crises affect the transatlantic engagement in the Middle East, to what extent the security developments in Iraq and Syria will influence US strategy and priorities, and what this means for the European strategic ambitions and responsibilities in the region.
The principal points of the discussions are summarized in the meeting note.