ONLINE PANEL: Changing Energy and Geopolitics in the Mediterranean

22 July 2021 17:00 to 18:30 | Online

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A BIAA Online Panel with Fiona Mullen (Sapienta Economics), Gabriel Mitchell (Mitvim – the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies) and Mehmet Öğütçü (Global Resources Partnership), with Chair: David Logan (BIAA Vice-President)

Thursday 22nd July 2021 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

Turkey’s Mediterranean policy has been framed in large measure by the ‘Blue Homeland’ doctrine, driven by its growing energy deficit and a desire for greater geopolitical influence in the region. Meanwhile, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Lebanon and Cyprus, led by their own economic and geopolitical drivers, have developed a common strategy to counter Turkey. The panel will discuss how increasing tensions over offshore resources and freedom of navigation, together with regional challenges such as migration and terrorism, impact on energy and geopolitics in the East Mediterranean.

David Logan was Ambassador to Turkey from 1997-2001 and also served there between 1965-1969. He has been Director of the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy at Birmingham University, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and Chair of the British Institute at Ankara. He holds an Honorary Doctorate at Birmingham University.

Fiona Mullen is Director of Sapienta Economics, a consultancy in Nicosia. She produces the flagship monthly Sapienta Country Analysis Cyprus, which provides in-depth, independent economic and political analysis. Clients include oil and gas majors; big four accounting firms; banks; embassies; the UN; the EU; and other local and international investors.

Gabriel Mitchell is the Director of External Relations at Mitvim – the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and an expert on Eastern Mediterranean energy politics. Gabriel was previously selected as a 2017-2018 SAFE Energy Security Fellow, and was also a research fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. Gabriel is completing his PhD in Government & International Affairs at Virginia Tech University.

Mehmet Öğütçü chairs Global Resources Partnership, a UK strategic advisory group and serves as Special Envoy of The International Energy Charter for MENA Region, and Chair of The Bosphorus Energy Club and The London Energy Club. He teaches occasionally at London School of Economics’ Enterprise Executive Programme, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Dundee University, and University of Reading.


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