By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….
The Near East University in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany and Başkent University organized a workshop on “Opportunities and Risks in the Eastern Mediterranean” in Italy.
According to a press statement released by the Near East University, the workshop was held at Villa La Collina in Cadenabbia, Italy. The participants of the workshop discussed new dynamics and developments in the Mediterranean region. Within the scope of the meeting context how the changing energy geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean has been affecting the conflicts and contradictions and how these contradictions and conflicts can be overcome and turned into a process of cooperation based on mutual benefits was discussed by the subject specialists from Germany, Israel, Italy, Libya, Russia, Turkey, Greece and other European Union participants.
The workshop was attended by Kudret Özersay, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Near East University; Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Tüzünkan; Former Undersecretary of the TRNC Presidency and Former Negotiator Ergün Olgun; Director of the Near East Institute Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut Koldaş; Head of Department of Political Sciences Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Köprülü; Head of Department of International Relations Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sait Akşit, and from METU TRNC Campus, Lecturer of Department of Political Science and International Relations Assist. Prof. Dr. Hayriye Kahveci