ELIAMEP, the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS) co-organized an online public discussion on the challenges of the Eastern Mediterranean, with the kind support of iMEdD. The US election on November 3rd could lead to a shift in US foreign policy in a number of regions, including the Eastern Mediterranean. The Eastern Mediterranean has emerged as a terrain of growing volatility, with Libya and Syria being plunged into catastrophic civil wars, the discovery of natural gas reserves reigniting old disputes, and Turkey raising its ambitions and becoming embroiled in a wide range of regional conflicts. What could be expected as the new US foreign policy unfolds in the Eastern Mediterranean? Would what some have described as a “US strategic withdrawal” from the region be reversed?


Heather Conley, Senior Vice President, Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington DC

Francois Heisbourg, Senior Adviser for Europe, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London; Special Advisor, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), Paris

Ian Lesser, Vice President and Executive Director, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS), Brussels

Loukas Tsoukalis, President, ELIAMEP; Professor, Sciences Po, Paris

Chair: Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou, iMEdD Managing Director; SNF DIALOGUES Executive Director; Journalist