The Eastern Mediterranean has historically been the crossroads of civilizations, religions, ideas, and trade between Europe, Asia, and Africa, East and West, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The region has been instrumental in the evolution of our societies, and developments in the region affect the entire world order.

The University of Nicosia, leveraging its location on the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus and its deep expertise in issues pertinent to the region, launched the Eastern Mediterranean Studies Initiative (EMSI) under its School of Law, as the definitive platform for all related views, ideas, research, developments and dialogue.


The Eastern Mediterranean Studies Initiative (EMSI) aims to enhance international collaboration among scholars, researchers and practitioners interested in issues pertaining to the geopolitics, societies, economics, development, energy, and environmental sustainability of the Eastern Mediterranean. This will be done through:

  • The development and management of a network of stakeholders, practitioners and academics

  • The development of an e-Magazine that will host analysis and commentary

  • The establishment of an academic journal on Eastern Mediterranean Studies

  • The organization of an annual conference on Eastern Mediterranean, as well as workshops and events that will bring together academics and practitioners

  • The promotion of common research projects

  • The enhancement of cooperation in all tiers of higher education in and about the area

The island of Cyprus serves as an ideal host for this endeavor:

  • In the heart of Eastern Mediterranean and at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Cyprus has historically been the ‘doorstep’ of Europe

  • An independent EU and Eurozone Member State with a high standard of living, and long-established democratic institutions

  • At the epicenter of Greco-Turkish relations, the island is an ideal living laboratory in which to study a complex international relations problem within a safe and stable environment from multiple angles

Focus Areas

  • International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict

  • Greco-Turkish Relations and the Cyprus Question

  • The European Union and the Eastern Mediterranean

  • Migration and Multiculturalism

  • Middle Eastern Politics

  • Energy and Environmental Security

  • Regional Economics, Development and Innovation

University of Nicosia

The University of Nicosia is the largest research university in Southern Europe that teaches in English, with particular strengths in international relations and Eastern Mediterranean studies, including:

  • A leading team of faculty with deep diplomatic, governmental, academic and research experience

  • Important research and outreach centres, including the leading Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, the Diplomatic Academy, and the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies

  • A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2014-17) and an Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair (2011-2014)

  • Leading academic journal publications, such as The Cyprus Review