Admiral IDF (Retd.) David Ben-Bashat
EMF Conference 5-7 December 2016
The Eastern Mediterranean is a region of great importance, as it serves as a gateway between the Far East, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. We are currently observing the increase in maritime capabilities of regional powers wanting to emphasize their ambitions. There has been also a rising interest in the Eastern Mediterranean among the outside powers, mainly Russia and China, while the US has been withdrawing from the region. Although the regional environment remains volatile with numerous ongoing conflicts, there are certain issues and challenges that remain common to many of the regional players. These issues should serve as an incentive for developing regional cooperation.