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164th Bergedorf Round Table: More than Containment?

The 164th Bergedorf Round Table focused on exploring which role Europe can play in advancing regional stability in the Middle East. In successive meetings in Riyadh and Tehran politicians, senior members of administration, and eminent thought-leaders from academia and media discussed with local counterparts from Saudi Arabia and Iran.

What are Europe’s main foreign and security policy priorities in the Middle East, and what are possibilities, but also limitations of its role in the region? What are key areas of common interest between Europe and regional actors, and where do interests diverge? In which fields is cooperation possible? What are expectations of Europe’s role in the region? How should European actors deal with clashing ambitions of regional powers and aggravating geopolitical differences?

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