Amiral dr. Romulus HÂLDAN
Abstract. The geostrategic equation in the Middle East has become more complex in the recent years and any serious analysis leads to the conclusion that the situation shall become even more complicated. The naval component of this geostrategic equation is obviously determined by the evolution of the situation in the area and it undergoes major transformations.
The states in the area do not have a naval force capable of managing the situation in the relevant maritime area and they continue accepting the presence of foreign naval forces which are much more powerful and, theoretically, are able to manage the maritime security issues. Practically, the areas with the biggest problems are in this part of the world. Piracy, terrorism and military conflicts are a dominant feature of the area. Any attempt to solve the situation has failed. The cause is the following: those who manage these phenomena are the ones who produce them. Basically, it is a closed circle. A problem or a conflict disappears and another problem, another conflict appears. The Middle East is like a continuously erupting volcano with several craters. You do not know when and where it will erupt.
Keywords: Muslim, terrorism, armed conflicts, chock points, power centers, economic imbalances and gaps, unsafe area, naval forces