Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean

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Inotractable Dilemmas in the EnergyRich Eastern Mediterranean. Edited by Aris Petasis. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars, 2016. 286 pp. $109.95.

The nine chapters of Intractable Dilemmas deal with the timely topic of cooperation among the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin (EMB: Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece). It centers on their tumultuous past and their desperate need to find a new path. Colonialism, clashes of identities, and competition over economic resources have prevented them from resolving their historical conflicts, let alone fostering regional cooperation. Discoveries in recent years of significant hydrocarbon resources in the Nile Delta Basin and the Levantine Basin have found the EMB countries unprepared for collaboration.

That countries of the EMB must exploit their energy resources is best shown in a chapter co-authored by editor Petasis and Theodoros Kyprianou: "In the absence of close cooperation, these countries are failing to reach their economic potential because they fail to understand their interrelatedness and the power of unity." Each country has an obvious reason to collaborate with its neighbors but, most often, does not. …

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