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The 3rd EMSI annual conference will take place at the University of Nicosia on June 21 and 22, 2018. Experts and practitioners will meet in Panel discussions on the Eastern Mediterranean and the Upheaval in the Middle East, the EU and Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean Security and Geopolitics. Keynote speakers include Nadia Arbatova, Head, Department of European Studies, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences and Mitchell Belfer, President, Euro-Gulf Information Centre.

Event Schedule

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee & Registraton

Opening Addresses

Chair Anna Koukkides-Procopiou
Senior Fellow, Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs
17:00 – 17:30 Evie Zambetakis
Director, Eastern Mediterranean Studies Initiative (EMSI)

Achilles Emilianides
Dean, School of Law, University of Nicosia

Andreas Theophanous
Head, Department of Politics and Governance
President of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, University of Nicosia

I. Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean

17:30 – 18:00 Andreas Theophanous
Head, Department of Politics and Governance
President of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, University of Nicosia

“Revisiting the Cyprus Question and the Need for a New Approach”
18:00 – 18:20 Discussion
18:20 – 18:30 Coffee Break

II. Eastern Mediterranean Security and Geopolitics

Chair Hubert Faustmann
Professor of International Relations, Department of Politics and Governance, University of Nicosia
18:30 – 18:50 Nadia Arbatova
Head, Department of European Studies
Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences

“Great Power Involvement in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East and its Repercussions”
18:50 – 19:10 Antonino Occhiuto
Researcher, Euro-Gulf Information Centre
“Energy Security and Geopolitics”
19:10 – 19:30 Discussion
19:30 – 20:00 Coffee Break
09:00 – 09:30 Coffee & Registraton

III. Eastern Mediterranean Security and Geopolitics

Chair Odysseas Christou
Assistant Professor of Government, International Law and International Relations, Department of Law, University of Nicosia
“Revisiting the Cyprus Question and the Need for a New Approach”
09:30 – 09:50 Zenonas Tziarras
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus
“Cyprus’ View of the Israel-Cyprus-Greece Partnership and ‘Conditional Regionalism’ in the Eastern Mediterranean”
09:50 – 10:10 Michalis Kontos
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Governance, University of Nicosia

Ioakeim Ampartzidis
PhD Candidate, Department of Politics and Governance, University of Nicosia

“Turkish Policies Towards the Muslim World, Greece and Cyprus”
10:10 – 10:30 Discussion
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break

IV. The Eastern Mediterranean and the Upheaval in the Broader Middle East

Chair Evie Zambetakis
Director, Eastern Mediterranean Studies Initiative (EMSI)
10:50 – 11:20 Mitchell Belfer
President, Euro-Gulf Information Centre
“The Changing Geopolitics of the Middle East and Broader Implications”
11:20 – 11:40 Discussion
Chair Christina Ioannou
Associate Professor of European Politics Vice Dean of School of Law, University of Nicosia
11:45 – 12:05 Moran Zaga
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Research Associate, Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies
University of Haifa

“The Challenge of Boundaries in the Arab World: Lessons from the UAE”
12:05 – 12:25 Nicos Panayiotides
Journalist-Assistant Professor of International Politics, American College Head of Geopame
“Islamic State: Rise, Fall and Demise – Regional and International Alignments in the Middle East”
12:25 – 12:45 Discussion
12:45 – 12:55 Coffee Break

V. The EU and Eastern Mediterranean

Chair Thanos Koulos
Lecturer in Political Sociology and European Studies, Department of Politics and Governance, University of Nicosia
12:45 – 13:05 Megumi Nishimura
Professor, Faculty of Law, Ritsumeikan University
“Transitional Justice and Displacements: Neoliberal Discourses and Justification of Post-War Realities”
13:05 – 13:25 Rafal Czachor
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Jan Wyzykowski University, Vice President of the Russian-Polish Institute
“The European Neighborhood Policy – A Critical Overview of Current Results and Perspectives”
13:25 – 13:45 Discussion
13:45 – 13:55 Concluding Remarks