On 16th April 2024, the Diplomatic Academy, in partnership with the United Kingdom’s Defence Academy co-organised a half-day event at the UNESCO Amphitheatre. The theme focused on the “Visit of Advanced Command & Staff Course, UK Defence Academy – Regional Geopolitics and the Role of Cyprus”.

The event was well-attended by military personnel, academics, and government officials from several countries. Key speeches included:

  • Opening remarks, HE High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to the Republic of Cyprus, Irfan Siddiq OBE.
  • “Crisis Management and Plan ALMATHEA”, Theodoros Gotsis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus.
  • “Defence and security challenges for the Republic of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean”, Major Phedon Phedonas, Ministry of Defence, Republic of Cyprus.
  • “Strategic importance of the UK/Republic of Cyprus Relationship”, Andrew Wilson, Head of Political, United Kingdom High Commission.
  • “UK and Republic of Cyprus relationship in the military context,” Colonel Victoria Reid, Defence Advisor.
  • “Cyprus geopolitical role in the shifting regional security complexes of the Eastern Mediterranean”, Dr Constantinos Adamides, Diplomatic Academy Director, University of Nicosia

Special thanks goes to our latest associate Maria Pia Vangeli, a student who helped out with various logistics during the event