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Eastern Mediterranean and Europe Study Group


The Eastern Mediterranean region – Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, the Palestinian Territories, and Turkey – is of critical strategic importance to Europe’s political, economic and security interests. This Study Group explores the relationship between the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe. It examines issues such as immigration, energy, shared religious and cultural ties, and European identity. This year’s theme is “The Geopolitics of Energy in the Eastern Mediterranean: Implications for European Energy Policy.”

From Hard to Soft Power: Public Service and Civic Engagement in the Age of Geopolitics, Religious Strife, Democratic Discontent and Propaganda
April 11, 2016
12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Mario Nicolini – Director, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Slovakia; Former Advisor to the Minister of Defense, Slovakia; Consultant, McGuireWoods LLP, Washington, DC
The Cyprus Economic Crisis and the European Union
April 6, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
The European Neighborhood Policy is Dead - Long Live the European Neighborhood Policy! The EU and the Southern Mediterranean after the Arab Spring The European Neighborhood Policy is Dead - Long Live the European Neighborhood Policy! The EU and the Southern Mediterranean after the Arab Spring
March 24, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Tobias Schumacher – Chairholder of the European Neighborhood Policy, College of Europe, Warsaw, Poland
Eyes Wide Open: — Mobilizing Citizens Against Cultural Crimes
February 11, 2016
5:15pm - 7:00pm
Ongoing Crisis in Syria: The Destruction of the Syrian State and the Changing Face of Conflict
November 10, 2015
1:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Michael Wahid Hanna – Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center on Law and Security New York University School of Law
US Policy in the Middle East after the Iran Deal
October 27, 2015
10:15am - 11:45am
  • Brian Katulis – Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Moderated by Stephen Walt – Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, BCSIA, Harvard Kennedy School
The Battle for Greece: Lessons Learned (for Greece, Europe and Beyond)
October 6, 2015
6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Dimitris Keridis – Founding Director, Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, Navarino Network; Associate Professor of International Relations, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens
Managing National Security Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe
September 28, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Rokas Masiulis – Minister of Energy, Republic of Lithuania
  • Stefano Spaggiari – CEO of Expert System, Italy
  • Haim Assa – Head of SIMLAB - Strategic war and simulations unit, Israel
  • Lucio De Michele – Head of the Office for International Security and Strategic Political and Military Issues, Government of Italy
  • Andras Simonyi – Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
  • Sander Lleshi – National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Albania
Understanding or Misunderstanding the Middle East and Turkey in 2015
September 10, 2015
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Resolving Turkey’s Kurdish Issue: A Pathway to EU Membership
April 21, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Levent Koker – Professor of Public Law, Atilim University Law School, Ankara,
Organized Chaos: The Mediterranean Sea as the World’s Most Lethal Migratory Route
April 1, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Philippe Fargues – Director of the Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (EUI)
A Juncture of Stateness: Political Challenges and the Eurocrisis in Southern Europe
February 12, 2015
7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Kostas A. Lavdas – Constantine G. Karamanlis Professor of Hellenic and European Studies, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
Monetization of Eastern Mediterranean Energy Assets
November 19, 2014
3:15pm - 5:30pm
Energy, Peace, and Conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean Energy, Peace, and Conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean
October 16, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Michael Leigh – Senior Advisor, German Marshall Fund
  • Marina Ottaway – Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Brenda Shaffer – Visiting Researcher, Georgetown University, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES)
  • Moderated by Elizabeth H. Prodromou – Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution , The Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University and Payam Mohseni – Iran Project Director and Fellow for Iran Studies, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

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