A Bridge under Troubled Water?

Offshore Energy Discoveries and the Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean

Partners KAS Israel and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at HU are coming together for the conference “A Bridge Under Troubled Water?”, addressing the offshore energy discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean


November 27, 2013

16:30 Opening Reception

17:00 - 18:30 Opening Session: New Energy Resources: An Abyss or a Bridge?

Chair: Oren Nahari, Israel Broadcast Authority

  • Mr. Michael Lotem, Special Envoy for Energy Issues, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Ambassador Dimitris Hatziargyrou, Ambassador of Cyprus

  • Ambassador Spiros Lampridis, Ambassador of Greece

  • Dr. Aykan Erdemir, Member of Parliament, Turkey

Respondent: Dr. Kivanc Ulusoy, conference organizing committee

November 28, 2013

9:00 – 9:30 Opening Reception

9:30 – 11:00 Session II: The Economics and Law of Eastern Mediterranean Energy

Chair: Dr. Andreas Stergiou, conference organizing committee

  • Dr. Nimrod Novik, Senior Business Executive, former Policy Adviser to Israel’s Prime
Minister:"Business And Politics: Lessons from EMG (the Egypt-Israel Natural Gas


  • Prof. Rauf Versan, Istanbul University: “Legal Aspects of the Security Issues in the Eastern Mediterranean”

  • Prof. Alfred Tovias, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "The European Take On the Eastern
Mediterranean: Permanent Features and Recent Shifts"

  • Dr. Itay Fishhendler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "In the Name of Energy Security: the Struggle over the Exportation of Israel's Natural Gas"

11:15 – 12:45: Session III: The Geopolitical Implications of Offshore Energy

Chair: Prof. Moshe Maoz, conference organizing committee

  • Mr. Dan Meridor, former Deputy Prime Minister of Israel: "Israel in the Changing Middle East"

  • Prof. Saban Kardas, Strategic Studies Center, Turkish Foreign Ministry: “The Turkish Perspective on the Energy Issues in the Eastern Mediterranean”

  • Prof. Michael Emerson, Center for European Policy Studies, Brussels: “Fishing for Gas and More in Cypriot Waters”

  • Dr. Andreas Stergiou, University of Crete: The Emerging Greek-Cypriot-Israeli Alliance

14:00 – 15:30: Session IV: Arab Spring or Fall? Democracy and Political Stability in the Middle East

Chair: Dr. Kivanç Ulusoy, conference organizing committee

  • Prof. Moshe Maoz, Truman Institute and University of Michigan: "The Arab Spring, the Upheavals in Syria and the Geopolitics of the Middle East"

  • Prof. Elie Podeh, Truman Institute and Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "In the Wake of Two Revolutions: Whither Egypt?"

  • Prof. Raphael Israeli, Truman Institute: "From Arab Spring to Islamic Winter"

  • Prof. Avraham Sela, Truman Institute and Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "The Arab Revolts Three Years Later: A Regional Perspective"

15:45 – 17:30: Session V: Distant Mirrors: Energy, Conflict and Cooperation in the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea

Chair: Prof. Menahem Blondheim, Truman Institute

  • Dr. Ran Shauli, Truman Institute: “Southeast Asia and the Regional Quest for Energy

  • Dr. Micha'el Tanchum, Truman Institute and Shalem College: “From Strategic Autonomy to
Strategic Alliance in the South China Sea: India's New Naval Partnership with Japan in Light of Indian Investment in Vietnamese Offshore Energy Production"

  • Mr. Yoel Guzansky, Institute for National Security Studies: "Arab Gulf States: Oil Discoveries, Border Disputes and Alliance Politics"

  • Dr. Christopher Pokarier, Truman Institute and Waseda University, Japan: "Fifty Years of Lessons: Australia's Management of International and Domestic Resource Politics"

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