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NATO and the Middle East: In Search of a Strategy

Rolf Schwarz
NATO and the Middle East: In Search of a Strategy
ISBN: 978-1-62637-903-9
ISBN: 978-1-62637-923-7
2021/183 pages/LC: 2020016064
"An essential baseline for a complete review of NATO strategy." —Joseph Saba, former Director Middle East, World Bank

"A treasure trove of information regarding NATO's relations with its Middle Eastern partners."—Rebecca Moore, Concordia College


Over the course of more than seven decades, NATO has sought, but not settled on, an effective strategy for interacting with its neighbors in the Middle East and North Africa. Rolf Schwarz traces the evolution of NATO's engagement with its neighboring region—including the launching of the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative—and assesses its potential for promoting regional stability and peace.


Rolf Schwarz has served as political adviser for the Middle East and Africa at NATO Headquarters and as professor at the NATO Defense College. He works in Paris on economic cooperation and sustainable development.


  • NATO in Search of a Middle East Strategy.
  • The Evolution of a Security Community.
  • NATO and North Africa.
  • NATO and the Gulf Region.
  • Projecting Stability.
  • Peacemaking in the Middle East.
  • Building New Security Communities Beyond Europe.
  • Epilogue.