May 16th, 2013. Philadelphia. – Last week, Drexel University hosted a lecture about the economic crisis of Cyprus. But more directly, the focus fell on future energy sources and relations in the southeastern Mediterranean. The gas and oil fields that surround Cyprus and its neighbors are playing a geopolitical role in future relations and economic growth.

Host, Dr. Maria Hnaraki (Dir. of Greek Studies) of Drexel University introduced the four speakers from Greece, Cyprus, Israel and the United States. They addressed these issues and the economic future of Cyprus.


  • Aristos Constantine, Trade Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus for USA, Canada and Latin America
  • George Christian Pelaghias, Director European Rim Policy and Investment
  • Professor Theodore kariotis, Exclusive Economic Zone Expert, University of Maryland System
  • Dr. Efraim Chalamish, International economic law scholar and practitioner

This event was co-sponsored by The College of Arts and Sciences, The Cyprus Society of Greater Philadelphia “Makarios lll and the Greek American Chamber of Commerce.