International Security Forum Director, Prof. Dr. Yiorghos Leventis, participated in the eighth EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference held at Palais d’ Egmont, Brussels on the 13th and 14th December 2019. The EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference is the annual flagship event of the European network of independent non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks.
In his intervention during the consultation session, 12th December, 2019, Dr. Leventis stressed the role of the International Security Forum as the leading Cypriot think tank promoting the cause of peace and disarmament in the region. In this context he emphasized that the island republic of Cyprus, being the south easternmost gate to the European Union but at the same time enjoying friendly bilateral relations with the Arab world as well as Israel and Iran offers the perfect venue for reconciliation and disarmament efforts promoting much needed peace and stability in the turbulent Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
In the margins of the three-day Brussels conference, Dr. Leventis held private meetings and consultations with a large number of delegates, including officials of the European External Action Service, discussing ways the International Security Forum, Cyprus can contribute to the network’s stated goals.