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The interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from diverse fields, including international relations, political science, political economy, law, political communication, sociology, energy and environmental studies, governance, media studies, technology studies, anthropology, history and cultural analysis. We welcome theoretical, methodological and empirical submissions, case studies and comparative work by scholars and practitioners with particular research and/or professional interest in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The conference pursuant to the Initiative further aims to act as a focal point of connecting academia, political practice and the industry. Accordingly, in addition to leading scholars and practitioners who will participate in the conference, we welcome workshops and seminars to propose and promote innovative projects, discuss ideas and share best practices regarding the themes of the conference. PhD candidates and junior scholars are also welcome to submit their work.

We seek papers and panel proposals on topics pertinent to the conference.

Indicative topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Economics, Energy and Development in the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Energy and Environmental Security
    • The Quest for Water Security in the Region
    • Sustainable Development in Eastern Mediterranean
    • Greece and Financial Supervision
    • Regional Economics, Development and Innovation
    • Hydrocarbons and New Alliances
    • The Politics of Pipelines in the Region
  2. Diplomacy and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Natural Resources as a Source of Conflict in the Middle East
    • Political Reform and Instability after the Arab Spring
    • New Security Arrangements for the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Legitimacy and Authority in the Politics of the Region
    • Armed Conflict, Hybrid Warfare and the Use of New Technologies in the Region
    • Terrorist Organizations and Religious Fundamentalism in the Region
    • Strategic Threats to Eastern Mediterranean Security and the Quest for Regional Stability
    • Nationalist Ideology and the Nation-State Model in Eastern Mediterranean
  3. Eastern Mediterranean Intra and Inter-State Challenges
    • Greco-Turkish Relations
    • Arab-Israeli Relations
    • The Cyprus Question in the Geopolitical Conundrum of the Region
    • Erdogan’s Turkey
    • The Palestinian Question
    • The Role of Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Egypt as a Pivotal Player in the Region
    • The Future of Syria
    • Lebanon’s Politics and Regional Relations
    • The Jordan Paradigm
    • The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean
    • The European Union and the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Power Figures and how they shape Inter-State Relations in the Eastern Mediterranean
  4. Media, Democracy and Social Disruption in the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Governance and Public Administration in Conflict Zones
    • Migration and Multiculturalism
    • Refugees in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
    • Challenges of Handling Internal Displacement in the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Media and Political Communication in Conflict Zones
    • The Challenges of Democratic Processes in the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Freedom of Speech vs ‘National Security’
    • Human Rights and Social Justice in the Region
  5. Religious and Cultural Aspects of Eastern Mediterranean Politics
    • Cultural Landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean
    • The Politics of Islamism and Realpolitik
    • Social Fragmentation and Religious Diversity in the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Kemalism and Islamism in the Turkish-Cypriot Community
    • The Politics of Culture in the Eastern Mediterranean
    • Sectarian Politics and Social Order in the Middle East
    • Civil Society and Islam
    • Conflicting Narratives and the Politics of Blame-Game in the Region


Thucydides Honorary Lecture
Jonathan Elkind is a Fellow and Senior Adjunct Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy. From 2009 to 2014, he worked on international energy and climate issues at the United States Department of Energy, serving ultimately as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs.

Keynote Speaker
Andrey Kortunov is the Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, as well as the President of the New Development Technologies Autonomous Non-profit Organization. He is a member of expert and supervisory committees and boards of trustees of several Russian and international organizations. His academic interests include contemporary international relations and Russian foreign policy.


There are three rounds of submissions of a paper proposal by submitting an abstract no longer than 300 words.

Interested applicants are invited to submit an abstract by:

They will be notified whether their paper has been accepted by:

Round 1

Round 2

April 10, 2019

April 30, 2019

Round 3

May 10, 2019

May 31, 2019


Interested scholars are invited to submit a panel proposal by March 15, 2019 online through our website: unic.ac.cy/emsi.

They will be notified whether their panel has been accepted by March 31, 2019.


Registration fee covers attendance at all sessions, conference material, refreshments during breaks, two lunches, a welcome reception/dinner and a tour of Nicosia.

Participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel and lodging.

We plan to publish selected papers in a special volume of the EMSI academic journal. If you wish for a paper to be considered please send it to [email protected] by September 1, 2019.

All submissions will be peer reviewed.

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