Jonathan Holslag On world order and disorder

Getting our way in the Eurasian Sea

The waters around the Eurasian continent are turning into a single maritime ringway that gets ever more crowded, connected, and contested. While the great powers have an interest in joining forces to maintain stability in this Eurasian Sea, strategic distrust remains too stubborn an impediment. It is in the Pacific Corridor that maritime disputes seem most threatening, but for the European Union it would be a mistake to get involved in those new Asian power plays. Instead, it should prioritize the Middle Corridor. Only by strengthening its leverage in this tract of sea that stretches from the Bosporus and the Levant to the Gulf of Aden, Europe will be able to address instability in its neighbourhood and be able to influence the naval aspirations of the major powers.