Introduction and Welcome
- Dr. Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
- H.E. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus
- Susan Glasser, Chief International Affairs Columnist, POLITICO
The Republic of Cyprus, the European Union’s most south easterly member state, neighbors this volatile region. The government seeks to highlight the significant potential of the Eastern Mediterranean for regional cooperation in energy and related fields. It views the discovery of natural gas deposits off the coast of Cyprus, Israel, and Egypt as an avenue for such cooperation, which could benefit all the peoples of the region. Could hydrocarbons provide an incentive for regional cooperation? How can the United States and the European Union encourage such cooperation? How could Cyprus leverage its key geographical position and expertise to promote cooperation, not just in the field of energy, but also in other key areas. With these topics in mind, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) invites you to a conversation with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, to discuss regional developments, as well as the path ahead for Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Nicos Anastasiades was elected President of the Republic of Cyprus in 2013. Prior to assuming the office of the President, he served as President of the Democratic Rally party between 1997 and 2012. He was an elected member of the House of Representatives from 1981 until his 2013 election to the Presidency. During his term as member of the House of Representatives, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Committee on Educational Affairs, Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, among other positions. He was elected as Vice President of the House of Representatives from 1996-2001. President Anastasiades studied Law at the University of Athens and pursued his postgraduate degree in Maritime Law at the University of London.
Susan Glasser is POLITICO’s chief international affairs columnist and host of its new weekly podcast, The Global Politico. Glasser, who served as founding editor of the award-winning POLITICO Magazine and went on to become editor of POLITICO throughout the 2016 election cycle, has reported everywhere from the halls of Congress to the battle of Tora Bora. The former editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine, she spent four years traveling the former Soviet Union as The Washington Post’s Moscow co-bureau chief, covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and co-authored Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin and the End of Revolution with her husband, The New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker. They are currently working on a biography of former Secretary of State Jim Baker. Before joining Foreign Policy, Glasser worked for a decade at The Washington Post. A graduate of Harvard University, Glasser serves on the boards of the Pew Research Center and the Harvard Crimson student newspaper and is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.