Matrouh: Egypt’s Linchpin in North Africa and the Mediterranean

Source: Giuseppe Dentice

Author(s): Italian Institute for International Political Studies

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Over the last decade, the deep transformations moving through the broader Mediterranean region have created new opportunities and challenges. The Libyan crisis and the tensions in the Levantine Sea emerged as paradigms of the contemporary chaos in the region as a whole. This is a complex and ever-changing context in which littoral countries clash over natural gas and maritime borders, while regional and international powers could get drawn into these disputes. In this scenario, Egypt is positioning itself to play a long-term crucial role in the region’s conflicting dynamics, exploiting its pivotal position between the two seas and fostering a new assertive stance of the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF).

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