New security dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean
The new security dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean region are entirely different than they were after the Cold War. At that time, security and stability were the order of the day and the Eastern Mediterranean region was regarded as the “NATO’s lake”, security-wise. But this perspective is no longer present in light of the emergence of new regional and international players on the political scene of the Eastern Mediterranean. These players are threatening the influence of the existing powers and generating new security formulas in the region.
The eruption of conflicts in some Eastern Mediterranean countries, particularly in Syria and Libya, and the rise of unconventional and traditional threats, such as cross-border terrorism and illegal migration, present pressing challenges to the security and stability of the Eastern Mediterranean. Furthermore, contention has broken out between some Eastern Mediterranean countries over their maritime boundaries, especially after the consecutive discoveries of natural gas fields in that area.
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