- The Eastern Mediterranean is a region where many different interests intersect
- NATO, and especially the EU, have no clear strategy for responding to new threats
- Russia has moved quickly to shore up its strategic position
- Now that it has the initiative, Moscow will keep testing the West’s resolve, with potentially dire consequences
For years, the Eastern Mediterranean has resembled a crowded showroom for the naval hardware of various nations. Worryingly, Daesh has also reportedly been conducting sea-based terrorist exercises in the region. All this began before civil war broke out in Syria or Egypt enhanced its naval capabilities. While the EU and NATO continue to tolerate gaping holes in their strategy, Russia has established itself as a regional power with air and naval bases on the Syrian coast.