Cyprus - Prospects and Challenges: Looking Ahead to 2014
It has been forty years since hostilities divided the Republic of Cyprus, yet the discovery of hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean indicate that 2014 could be a year of possibility for the island nation. The potential development of these hydrocarbon resources could provide an opportunity for Cyprus to become a major regional player. Furthermore, the announcement that negotiations on reunification will continue after an 18-month delay has brought with it hopes of deeper regional integration and international engagement. In addition, Cyprus has been taking significant steps to overcome its recent economic problems and to ensure that political and economic stability would go hand-in-hand. Does national growth in the energy sector provide a greater impetus for reunification? Will these developments herald a period of regional peace and prosperity? His Excellency Ambassador George Chacalli will discuss what this year holds for the Republic of Cyprus.
The Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States, George Chacalli, is one of the country’s most senior diplomats, with previous experience in the US, as well as wide-ranging service in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. Mr. Chacalli has previously been posted to Washington as Counselor and Congressional Liaison, then as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus’ Embassy to the United States. He has previously served as Cyprus’ Ambassador to Sweden and Hungary. Mr. Chacalli has many years of experience with the European Union, serving as Cyprus’ Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU from 2006 through 2010 and has held numerous posts in the EU Affairs Division in the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Chacalli holds a Master of Law Degree from the University of Cambridge; an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Law from the University of Kent; and a Diplome d’Etudes in Economics from the Universite Catholique de Louvain.