On 26 January, the academic conference “International Conference on the Middle East and North Africa | Pheno-Mena”, organized by the SETA Foundation, Turkey, took place, of which New Strategy Center was one of the partners.
NSC was represented by Amb. Doru Costea, Member of the NSC Scientific Council, who has made a presentation on “‘MENA in the Middle of a New Reality: A View from Not That Far”, in the panel entitled “Contradictions of Contemporary Political Thinking İn Handling the Middle East”.
Amb. Costea highlighted the strategic relevance of the Middle East, but also of the Black Sea region, through the perspective of the ongoing conflicts in the two regions. Two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and approximately four months of unprecedented violence and destruction, including civilian deaths in the Hamas-led war in Gaza, appear to be leading to a unique and much larger crisis. Also Amb. Doru Costea noted that regional security arrangements seem to require new thinking in the context of global interdependencies that defy traditional approaches that have been more or less successful in recent decades.
Together with Amb. Doru Costea, Prof. Murat Yesiltaș, Director of Foreign Policy, SETA and Prof. Murat Aslan, Senior Researcher, SETA were also present on the panel.
The panel is available HERE.