Security in the Mediterranean basin

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Peace, Security & Defence
Italy, Mediterranean Security and European Defence


The Mediterranean remains a key priority for Italy for political, economic and security reasons. Its strategic relevance represents both an opportunity as well as a challenge for the incoming EU leadership and key European member states. Regional stabilisation in the Southern neighbourhood should rank high on the European foreign action of the new European Commission.

The European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) in Rome together with Friends of Europe will host a high-level dinner debate to discuss growing security challenges in the Mediterranean region and Italy’s central role in influencing Europe’s response. Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe, will introduce his latest report “Molto Agitato – Italy and Mediterranean Security” where he sheds light on Italy’s strategic position as a provider of the Mediterranean security, exploring Italy’s defence relationships and diplomatic alliances, the role of its armed forces and of its defence industry.


Ferdinando Nelli Feroci

Former European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

Tarek Megerisi

Policy Fellow with the North Africa and Middle East Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

Antonio Missiroli

Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges at NATO

Paul Taylor

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence, Friends of Europe; author or “After the Ice”, “Crossing the Wilderness”, and “Murky Waters”


Alba Lamberti

Deputy Director, ECFR

This event is by invitation only.



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