In a very critical regional state of affairs, there are dynamics evolving in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean that may – under the right conditions – bring about shifts in the existing equilibrium.
The economic crisis in southern Europe, the Arab uprisings, Egypt’s reorientation, the perceived rapprochment between Israel and Turkey, improverished Cyprus, the unstable situation in Syria and its effect on the neighborhood, and the recent hydrocarbon finds have altered the landscape. Meanwhile, longstanding disputes are intensifying, and in certain cases new contentions are emerging. With the EU reluctant and the U.S. having adopted a discreet interventionist policy in the region, a security void seems to be emerging, all the more so given that the states in the region are skeptical and suspicious of many of their neighbours’ intentions. Russian or Chinese involvement in energy plans might further complicate the situation, but it might also create new potential for synergies.
“Through this prism, this year’s Summer Seminar that is jointly organised between the Institute of International Relations and South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX) will seek answers to the following questions:”
- How is Greece impacting, and being impacted by, these developments?
- What is Turkey’s role on the regional stage?
- How might the Republic of Cyprus better manage its mineral wealth?
- What part do Israel and Egypt play in regional stability?
- What can we expect from the Arab uprisings?
- How will major external forces (the U.S., the EU) with strong footing in the region proceed in light of recent developments?
- How is the economic crisis in the European south impacting regional affairs?
At our four-day seminar we will analyze in depth the parameters of the current situation and the dynamics that are developing, and we will look at whether and to what extent the Eastern Mediterranean can emerge as a model of understanding, cooperation and progress.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JUNE 7, 2013