Navigating a new course in the Eastern Mediterranean

Think tank: The Henry Jackson Society

Author(s): Dr Burcu Ozcelik

October 6, 2022

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society looks at a potential new horizon for energy cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Global Britain is uniquely placed and must use her leverage in the Eastern Mediterranean to cut our dependence on Russian gas, according to The Henry Jackson Society. With the majority of Europe suffering from a reduced supply of gas following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the report contends that the interests of the UK’s energy security resides with leveraging its diplomatic potential in the Eastern Mediterranean. Drawing specifically on the UK’s relationship with Cyprus, the paper argues by helping to foster dialogue surrounding the reunification of the island, Britain could unlock decades of friction between the NATO allies in the region thus securing the possibility of new gas lines to mainland Europe.