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Energy, Peace, and Conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean

An Israeli Navy vessel passes by the Tamar drilling natural gas production platform during a squadron exercise off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea.
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Energy, Peace, and Conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean

Panel Discussion
Series: Middle East Initiative Speaker Series
Open to the Public - Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street
October 16, 2014
4:15-6:00 p.m.

Related Projects: Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Description:

A panel discussion with:

Sir Michael Leigh, Senior Advisor, German Marshall Fund

Dr. Marina Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center, Middle East Program

Dr. Brenda Shaffer, Visiting Researcher, Georgetown University, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES)

Moderated by:

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Visiting Associate Prof. of Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University

Dr. Payam Mohseni, Director of the Iran Project and Fellow for Iran Studies, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

The Center for European Studiesí Eastern Mediterranean and Europe Study Group and the Belfer Centerís Middle East Initiative will co-host a distinguished panel of experts on the prospects for energy as a source of peace and conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The discovery of sizable reserves of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Cyprus and Turkey, as well as anticipated finds in Mediterranean coasts of other countries in the region, such as Israel and Lebanon, may be a potential game-changer in the region's economic and security matrix.

Can the region's changing energy profile create new possibilities for peace out of seemingly intractable conflicts? Does the exploitation of the gas reserves create new possibilities for a diversification of energy resources and the easing of economic austerity pressures in the Eastern Mediterranean and, more broadly, Europe?

Join us for a roundtable discussion on the implications of new energy sources in the Eastern Mediterranean for Europe and the Middle East.

Contact:

Middle East Initiative
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
124 Mt. Auburn Street Suite 100 Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Kennedy School
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Email: middle_east_initiative@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-4087
Fax: (617) 496-9688