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From what was once prophesized to be a strong incentive for peace and stability in the region, natural gas discoveries have since become a major flashpoint between the countries of the East Mediterranean Sea. Disagreements over energy exploration rights and maritime borders had escalated in the past two years to involve mutual threats, deployment of warships, new strategic pacts, and increased involvement by foreign powers with contrasting interests. Is it too late to stop the gas wars, and is it really just about the gas?
In this panel we will bring experts from Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, Germany and the US to discuss energy and conflict in the East Mediterranean and where it might lead to in the upcoming months and years. The event is co-organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel and Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center at the University of Haifa.
Dr. Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute.
Ms. Antonia Dimou is the director of the Middle East Department at the Institute for Security and Defense Analyses based in Athens, Greece.
Dr. Charles Ellinas is the Features Editor of Natural Gas World, and a Senior Associate at the Atlantic Council.
Dr. Elai Rettig is the “Israel Institute Teaching Fellow” at the Department of Jewish, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and at the Environmental Studies Program at Washington University in St Louis.
Dr. Kirsten Westphal a Senior Associate at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin.
Moderator: Ms. Anna Ahronheim is the military reporter for 'The Jerusalem Post.'
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7CmC3svPSnigz5wMgkucWg