About the event
For centuries, the Mediterranean Sea was the main arena for international interactions, before it was replaced by the Atlantic Ocean and subsequently by the Pacific. Nevertheless, as the historical meeting place between East and West, the East Mediterranean was the focus of significant superpower competition during the Cold War and still has strategic significance. Indeed, the East Mediterranean is an arena from which it is possible to project force into the Middle East. It is the location of important East- West routes such as the Silk Road and the Suez Canal (on the way to the Gulf and India).
In addition, the region is the focal point for many important international issues, with radical Islam, international terrorism and nuclear proliferation embedded in its regional politics.” (excerpt from Efraim Inbar (2014), The New Strategic Equation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Mideast Security and Policy Studies No. 109, The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies).
The Panel addressed questions such as: how do we reconcile power politics with the civilizational dimension in the Mediterranean region? To what extent the Mediterranean international sub-system may gain traction as to shape a particular regional order? How is the Mediterranean factoring in the China led Belt and Road Initiative? What chances for economics to trump over security in the Mediterranean region? Is the breakdown of Pax Americana in the Eastern Mediterranean to have strategic implications as we have witnessed an increased Russian presence and Turkish activism?
“The New Strategic Equation in the East Mediterranean”
Featuring a Keynote Address by: Efraim Inbar, PhD Professor Emeritus Founding Director The Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies Bar-Ilan University & President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies Followed by: a distinguished Panel Discussion with: Efraim Inbar, PhD, Professor Emeritus President Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies Liviu Muresan, PhD, Professor President EURISC Foundation Introduction and Q&A by: Florin Pasatoiu, PhD, Lecturer Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies
Efraim Inbar President, Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies
Efraim Inbar, (Ph.D. University of Chicago), Professor emeritus of political science at Bar-Ilan University, Founding Director at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies. He is a veteran authority on the Arab-Israeli conflict and strategic developments in the Mideast. Expert on Israeli strategic doctrine, public opinion on national security issues, nuclear matters, U.S. Middle East policy, U.S.-Israel relations, Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, and Israel-Turkey relations.
He was appointed a Manfred Warner NATO Fellow (1998), was a visiting fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London (2000), and received the Onassis Fellowship (2003). He has written numerous books, including Israel’s National Security: Issues and Challenges since the Yom Kippur War (2008). He served in the Israel Defence Force as a paratrooper.
Liviu MuresanPresident, EURISC
Liviu Muresan, PhD, Professor, founder and the Executive President of the EURISC Foundation – European Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management (1995). He graduated courses of the Defence College NATO GFO (Rome), of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale (Paris), of the Center for Civil-Military Relations (Monterey). He held several positions in the governmental structures: Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister, Senior Adviser to the Romanian Government, Senior Adviser to the Interior Minister, High Representative of the Romanian Government of the Anti-Corruption Initiative of the Pact of Stability (SPAI) and of the Combating Organized Crime Initiative (SPOC). He was Director of the Romanian Agency for setting up the regional SECI Center for Combating Transborder Organized Crime, and as the Deputy Director of the National Defence College he was the first civilian appointed in command position in the Romanian Army (1993-1994). He is Executive President of the Euro-Atlantic Council Romania – Casa NATO, EURODEFENCE Romania and Association des Anciens Auditeurs de l’IHEDN (Paris). Since 2007, he is member of European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF), contributing to the development of a “Joint Security Research Agenda” (European Commission). He received the National Order “Star of Romania” – Class Officer (2000).
Florin Pasatoiu President and Executive Director, Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies Lecturer in International Relations, president and director of the Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies at Faculty of Social Sciences- University of Craiova. Florin Pasatoiu was awarded five fellowship schemes: with MGIMO, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Russian Federation (in Moscow, September-November 2014), with Salzburg Global Seminar (in Salzburg, May 2014), with the German Marshall Fund of the United States of America (in the United States of America, February – March 2008), with the European Foundation Centre, International Fellowship Programme for Learning and Exchange in Philanthropy (IFP) (at ALDA- in Italy and Council of Europe- Strasbourg, in 2007) and with the Mission of Romania to the European Union (in Brussels, in 2003). Florin Pasatoiu has been involved in the “Whither Liberal World Order? Challenges from Russia, Eurasia, and Beyond” working group hosted by University of Kent, Canterbury (UK) in the framework of the H2020 UPTAKE project, which brings together scholars from the Universities of