Can we achieve complete regional collaboration in the EastMed?

Conveners: St Antony's International Review; The EastMed Centre; The DIplomatic Academy, University of Nicosia; The Institute of East Mediterranean Studies.

Speakers: Dr Nikos Christodoulides (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus); Kalypso Nicolaidis (DPIR, Oxford); Elizabeth Prodromou (Fletcher School, Tufts University); Petros Vamvakas (Emmanuel College); Constantinos Adamides (University of Nicosia).

Recent events in the East Mediterranean have rekindled an old question: can comprehensive collaboration be achieved in the region?

The discovery of natural gas reserves in Cyprus, Egypt and Israel has contravened some experts' expectations in the potential for energy to act as a catalyst to stability and cooperation. Instead, we have observed tensions, with the naval standoff between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea being the most recent.

However, some efforts for multilateral collaboration have succeeded. The East Med Gas Forum (EMGF) has been officially ratified and consists of both Israel and Palestine, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, and Jordan, with the United States and European Union participating as observes.

The scope of this panel is to assess the prospects and obstacles for lasting collaboration. In other words, can energy be the catalyst for East Med collaboration, like coal and steel was for the European Community in the previous century?

We are joined by:
1. Dr Nikos Christodoulides, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, as the keynote speaker.
2. Kalypso Nicolaidis, Professor of International Relations (University of Oxford) and Chair in International Affairs (European University Institute).
3. Elizabeth Prodromou, Faculty Director of the Initiative on Religion, Law and Diplomacy (Fletcher School, Tufts University).
4. Petros Vamvakas, Director of the Institute for East Mediterranean Studies (Emmanuel College).
5. Constantinos Adamides, Director of the Diplomatic Academy (University of Nicosia).

The event is brought to you by:
1. St Antony's International Review.
2. The EastMed Centre.
3. The DIplomatic Academy, University of Nicosia.
4. The Institute of East Mediterranean Studies.

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