Christian Hanelt, Middle East and North Africa expert at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, member of the German network, published the book "A Ring of Fire" on the history of relations between the Middle East and Europe and on future strategies and chances for the relationship in March 2023.
The momentous military intervention in Iraq 20 years ago set in motion a chain of political upheavals in the Arab world - and shattered Europe. Since then, the EU states have been searching in vain for a strategy to deal with the "ring of fire": the permanent crises in the European neighborhood. Middle East expert and foreign policy advisor Christian-Peter Hanelt takes stock. He reports from the engine rooms of diplomacy on dramatic decisions and missed opportunities, but also looks at new chances.