Dr. Harry Tzimitras
PRIO Cyprus Center
Ms. Vivian S. Walker
Director, Office of Southern European Affairs
US Department of State
The Hon. Ross Wilson
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Mr. David Koranyi
Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Please join the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center for an off-the-record discussion on the Cyprus settlement negotiations and hydrocarbon finds in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Settlement negotiations to unify the long-divided island have been relaunched recently. While an agreement would provide a much needed economic boost to the struggling economies of the south and north alike, the politics of a settlement is as difficult as ever. In the meantime, hydrocarbon finds across the Eastern Mediterranean have potentially far-reaching implications in the region and on European and transatlantic energy security. Natural gas could provide incentives for cooperation in Cyprus but may also exacerbate existing tensions. What are the prospects of a resolution on the four-decades-old conflict? What are the main obstacles to a settlement? How are domestic political dynamics on both sides of the island and in Greece and Turkey play into the picture? How do the hydrocarbon finds factor into the settlement talks? What are the regional repercussions? What is the approach of the European Union and the United States?