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09:00 – 09:30              Coffee and Registration


III. Eastern Mediterranean Security and Geopolitics

Chair:                           Odysseas Christou

Assistant Professor of Government, International Law and

International Relations, Department of Law, University of Nicosia

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)

Keynote Address:

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

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