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The true story about the geopolitical role of Cyprus: David or Goliath?

Hellenic Observatory public lecture

The identity of Cyprus is defined by constants such as its geographical location in the Eastern Mediterranean, its history, the identity of its people, its membership in the European Union. The Eastern Mediterranean is prone to instability mainly due to the recurrence of conflicts, possession of advanced weapons in unreliable hands, terrorism, and the conflicting interests of countries of the region and third countries. In addition, the natural gas finds offshore Cyprus and in the seas of our neighbours, contribute to geopolitical transitions, serve as the vehicle for change but can also heighten our security concerns. The roles that the respective countries, regional and international organisations play in the Eastern Mediterranean are different and complementary; as such they can enrich and strengthen present and potential bilateral and regional cooperation. To that effect, bilateral and regional interaction is of vital importance. The geopolitical role of Cyprus is a dynamic and ever-changing process, the evolution of which depends on the identity of Cyprus and the environment in which Cyprus operates. Cyprus’ primary aim is to ensure peace, stability and prosperity of its people and to contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of the peoples in the Eastern Mediterranean as a whole. However, this is not an easy aim to meet in view of the complex challenges Cyprus is called upon to face. In this battle for peace, stability and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean, what is Cyprus: David or Goliath?

Nicos Anastasiades is a Cypriot politician who has been president of Cyprus since 24 February 2013 by winning the run-off presidential election with a majority of 57.4%. Previously, he was leader of the centre-right political party Democratic Rally (DISY).

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSECyprus


Nicos Anastasiades | talks
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone | talks


Date and Time:

16 January 2014 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



LSE Campus, venue TBC to ticket holders
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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