Europe and the Middle East
More about: Israel/Palestine, Iran, Iraq, GCC and EuroMed
Our project objective is to work as a think tank and political consultant to develop European policy on the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Gulf region.
Project start date: January 1, 1995Project Description
In mid-September, Israelis and Palestinians resumed negotiations aimed at ending the Middle East conflict. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas both said the commencement of their direct talks at the beginning of September had gone well. To that end, prospects look good that the two sides will come to an agreement capable of promoting peace in the region.
The meeting that took place in 1995 was an ambitious one: At the invitation of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, parties to the Middle East's various conflicts sat down together to map out a peaceful future for the region and to develop a strategy for creating a trans-Mediterranean partnership. Held in an idyllic town in the foothills of the Taunus Mountains near Frankfurt, the meeting 15 years ago was the initial event in what has since become known as the Kronberg Talks.more
Choose your traveling companion carefully before you set out. Those were the words -- a proverb well-known to Arabs -- that German Economics Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg used to conclude his opening remarks at the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s 12th Kronberg Talks, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an event co-organized with the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies and Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Diplomatic Studies. As would become apparent over the course of the two-day meeting, the attendees had indeed taken the saying to heart. The first segment of the gathering was open to the public, a fact that was in and of itself worthy of note in the Saudi capital. Above all, however, the talks were marked by an openness that was much appreciated by the some 50 policymakers, diplomats, business leaders and academic specialists from Germany and Europe. In Riyadh, Europeans and Arabs set off together as willing companions on their common journey.more
The Middle East is a region of crises, conflicts and wars as much as it is a region of great potential and opportunity. However, the European Union and its member states have not yet found a viable strategic approach to meet both the challenges and opportunities in their immediate neighbourhood.
1st edition, 2008
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