The East Med: A new hotspot for Europe?

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The East Med: A new hotspot for Europe?

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 - 4:00pm
Zoom webinar
Constantinos Filis (Institute of International Relations, Athens)
Fiona Mullen (Sapienta Economics, Nicosia)
Sinan Ulgen (Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, Istanbul)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Mehmet Karli (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Mehmet Karli (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Our webinar “The Eastern Mediterranean: A new hot spot for Europe” will be discussing the geopolitical state of play in the region following a searing summer of 2020 and a near conflict between Greece and Turkey. The region is becoming increasingly an area of insecurity, involving high stakes and numerous stakeholders. Our webinar will be looking at key challenges, the main drivers behind the competing interests, as well as some high risks for the future.

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Constantinos Filis is the Executive Director at the Institute of International Relations, Panteion University, Athens. Elected in November 2007 and served for two years as Senior Associate Member at St Antony's College, Oxford University and as an Associate at South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), Oxford University. Between December 2013 and January 2015, he served as Chairman of Project Management Group at the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change. From mid-2013 to early 2015 he was Member of the Committee of the Center for Security Studies, which examined the threat of forms of radicalism to national security. He has conducted a number of studies and advised international and Greek corporations. He lectures at the Hellenic Naval Staff and Command College, at the Hellenic National Defense College and at the Police Academy. He is also teaching in post-graduate degrees, as well as at the Open University of the Book Arcade.

Fiona Mullen has been providing independent economic analysis to an international audience for over 20 years. She founded Sapienta Economics Ltd in 2006 and is the author of the monthly Sapienta Country Analysis Cyprus. Clients include more than a dozen embassies, including EU and P5; oil and gas majors; big four accounting firms; banks; and other local and international investors. Mullen is the economy adviser to the United Nations good offices mission (2008-Feb 2016 & Dec 2017 to date, including as international staff member March 2009-April 2010). She has written extensively on the economics of a Cyprus settlement, including several publications co-authored with Greek and Turkish Cypriots for the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). She was author of the Cyprus reports for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) from 2002 to 2015. Before living in Cyprus Mullen was Senior Europe Analyst at the EIU and Director of the EIU’s flagship Country Reports.

Sinan Ülgen graduated in 1987 from the University of Virginia with a double major in computer sciences and economics. He undertook graduate studies at the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium where he received, in 1990, a masters degree in European economic integration. He then joined the Turkish Foreign Service as a career diplomat. In 1992, he was posted to the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the European Union in Brussels where he became part of the team that negotiated the Turkey-EU customs union. Ulgen is the chairman of the Istanbul based think tank, Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. Ulgen served on the academic advisory board member of the NATO Defence College in Rome. He was also a member of the international policy experts group setup by the NATO Secretary General Rasmussen.

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