The Mediterranean: Europe’s Frontline with Africa

Frontline Club, London

19 September 2017

The International Crisis Group will be partnering with The Mediterranean Growth Initiative to host an evening at the Frontline Club, discussing the political and economic insecurity facing the Greater Mediterranean region and its consequences for Europe.


The Greater Mediterranean region - from Southern Europe to North Africa and the Levant - is threatened by political and economic fragility, with impact on Europe and Britain. At present, opportunity, openness, and growth are slowed by a political agenda driven by fear, security, and austerity. 

A trend towards greater inequality in the region is a harbinger for current crises such as migration and extremism to worsen, particularly as the Mediterranean is Europe’s frontline to Africa and the Middle East. However, Europe can act decisively and reverse the trend with economic clarity. What mitigations to political risk might result from increased opportunities for young entrepreneurs, available investment capital dependent on good governance, or burgeoning growth rates? What do the economics of conflict teach us about the current situation and how can trends towards insecurity be reversed?

Join the Mediterranean Growth Initiative, International Crisis Group, and the Frontline Club on Tuesday, 19 September to discuss the trade and economic factors feeding the crises in the region and prospects for the Mediterranean, Europe and Britain.

Visit the website of Frontline Club to learn more and register for this event


Dr Claire Spencer

Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Confirmed Speakers

Cleopatra Kitti

Founder Mediterranean Growth Initiative

Comfort Ero

President & CEO

Issandr El Amrani

Former Project Director, North Africa

Geoff D. Porter

Founder North Africa Risk Consulting

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