Leading commentators on Europe and the Middle East explore many of the key issues which have informed the relationship between the two regions. Ranging from Europe's colonial legacies to an uncertain economic future in the region the book covers:
* the Cold War and after
* the profound influence of the US
* the rise of political Islam
* case studies including Europe and the Iranian revolution, France's experiences in Algeria, and Turkey's position between the two regions.
The EU, it is argued, has more influence over economic strategies than security issues in the Middle East. These strategies have in turn promoted stability in the form of free trade zones, ensuring vital economic development between the Middle East and Europe.