Tensions are brewing in the Eastern Mediterranean over regional competition, clashing geopolitical ambitions, and contested oil and gas resources. Home to over a trillion dollars worth of annual maritime trade, the Eastern Mediterranean is an essential factor for business leaders and risk-assessors to keep in mind. A flashpoint here would surely have global market repercussions.
To break down what is at stake in the Eastern Mediterranean, Wikistrat talked with a leading expert on MENA geopolitical risk and energy, Dr. Cyril Widdershoven. He shared his insights on the risks and opportunities in the region with Wikistrat Podcast Host, Emmet Halm.
Cyril Widdershoven is a veteran global energy market expert and founder of Verocy, an Amsterdam based consultancy. Across the MENA region, he has been heavily involved in the oil and gas sectors throughout his career. Over the span of several decades, he has lived and worked in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, Iraq, and the UAE, and also taken on extended projects for clients in Oman, Iran, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. Dr. Widdershoven earned his postgraduate degrees at King’s College, University of London, Department of War Studies, and an M.A. in Middle East Studies at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.