Cyprus and the New Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean

Hosted by the Hellenic Observatory and Hellenic Bankers Association-UK

Old Theatre, Old Building, United Kingdom


Averof Neofytou

Averof Neofytou

President of the Democratic Rally (DISY), Cyprus

Welcoming Address: Louis Loizou

Welcoming Address: Louis Loizou

Hellenic Bankers Association UK


Kevin Featherstone

Kevin Featherstone

Hellenic Observatory Director

Mr Averof Neofytou, Member of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, discussed the new geopolitics of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean with Professor Kevin Featherstone. 

The geopolitical environment of the Eastern Mediterranean is constantly evolving, whereas the region’s strategic position – situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa – has been a focal point for global and regional powers. Eastern Mediterranean’s potential to become a new gas hub creates prospects for cooperation between countries such as Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Egypt. However, the geopolitical challenges increase the need for a stability pillar in the region. The strategic objective remains the transformation of the Eastern Mediterranean from a region of conflict into one of stability, security and prosperity. 

Averof Neofytou is a Member of the House of Representatives of Cyprus and President of the Democratic Rally, the governing party in Cyprus. Averof Neofytou is currently the leader of the delegation of the House to the Inter-Parliamentary Union and to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. He is also the leader of the delegation of the House to the Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the European Union. In May 2013, Averof Neofytou was elected President of the Democratic Rally (DISY), succeeding, Nicos Anastasiades the President of the Republic of Cyprus.

Louis Loizou is a co-founder and the managing partner of Loizou & Co. Prior to this, Louis worked for Citigroup, Barclays Capital, Kleinwort Benson, Competition & Markets Authority and Her Majesty’s Treasury.  He is the Chairman of the Hellenic Bankers Association – UK and a “Freeman” of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and the City of London. 

Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor in European Politics. He is the Director of the Hellenic Observatory. He has held visiting positions at the University of Minnesota; New York University; and Harvard University.  Before LSE, he held academic posts at the universities of Stirling and Bradford. He was the first foreign member of the National Council for Research and Technology (ESET) in Greece, serving from 2010-2013. He is contributing regularly to Kathimerini.

The twitter Hashtag for this event is: #LSECyprus

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The Hellenic Observatory  (@HO_LSE)  is internationally recognised as one of the premier research centres on contemporary Greece and Cyprus. It engages in a range of activities, including developing and supporting academic and policy-related research; organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops; academic exchange through visiting fellowships and internships; as well as teaching at the graduate level through LSE's European Institute.

The Hellenic Bankers Association UK was founded in 1994 to promote a closer co-operation among bankers and financial professionals of Hellenic origin based in the United Kingdom. 


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