East Mediterranean Energy Developments Amidst the War in Ukraine

23 March 2023. From 18:30 | Conference | English | IEMed
slideshow image An aerial view shows the foundation platform of Leviathan natural gas field, in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Haifa, Israel January 31, 2019. Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/File Photo

Israel and Egypt signed an energy Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Union in June 2022 as part of the EU’s quest to find alternative gas to the Russian one, following the war in Ukraine. Many other countries in the Eastern Mediterranean such as Cyprus, Lebanon and Turkey are hoping to benefit from the EU’s need for an alternative source. Laury Haytayan identifies energy developments in the East Mediterranean spurred by the Russian-Ukraine war and assesses the potential of these projects; which are political and which are commercially viable and could support the EU’s quest.

Laury Haytayan is the MENA director at the Institute of Natural Resources Governance. Prior to becoming the director, Laury was the MENA senior officer in charge of the media and parliamentary capacity building programs. Previously, she had been executive director of the Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption, an organisation based in Beirut, and she was invited by the Carter Institute to supervise the first Tunisian elections in 2011. As an expert in energy politics in the MENA region, Haytayan published several articles such as: “What to expect as the east Med responds to Europe’s Hunger for gas” (2022), “Middle East and North Africa National Oil Companies face crossroads” (2020); and the book Lebanon is becoming a new oil and gas producer under watchful eyes of its society, 2017.

Conference moderated by Umut Özkırımlı, Senior Research Fellow, IBEI. Co-organised by the IEMed as part of the Aula Mediterrània 2022-23 programme in collaboration with the Master’s in International Relations, IBEI

This conference takes place at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona and it can also be followed on IEMed Youtube Channel.



Laury Haytayan

MENA director Institute of Natural Resources Governance

Umut Özkırımlı

Senior Research Fellow IBEI

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