Seminar Report: Transatlantic Cooperation in the Greater Middle East and Southeastern Europe (session 04.1)

Over the last few years, events in South Eastern Europe and the Wider Region of the Middle East have highlighted the importance of Trans-Atlantic cooperation over issues of security. This year’s Halki seminar focused on the role of the Trans-Atlantic relationship as a factor of ensuring stability in these regions, particularly through contribution to the process of democratisation and the management of security threats. Coherent and coordinated policies contribute to sustainable development, good governance, and accurate assessments of security threats and their consequences.
Furthermore, security developments are more effective when the international community enables the participation of local actors in regional developments. NATO also continues to play a vital role in Trans-Atlantic relations; the expansion of its international presence in South Eastern Europe and more recently in the Wider Region of the Middle East presents opportunities for linking security issues with regional development.
Additionally, EU Member States have vital responsibilities in addressing the capabilitiesexpectations gap of European security and in coordinating foreign policy positions, and the US must engage more constructively in international development. Trans-Atlantic cooperation has been most successful in South Eastern Europe and thus the test for the future is whether recent Trans-Atlantic rifts over Iraq can be overcome for more positive developments to materialise in the Wider Region of the Middle East.

Read the Seminar Report of the first session of the Seminar.