The Mediterranean region has been home to various civilizations throughout the centuries. Thus, commerce has been a significant aspect of this area, too. In fact, Mediterranean was the terminus of the historic Silk Road, which did not only carry commercial items from the depths of China but also helped various cultures along its route to intermingle. Therefore, both the Mediterranean and the Silk Road continue to receive tremendous scholarly attention.
Cyprus lies right in the center of the interactions generated by the Silk Road. It has witnessed trade, cultural movements and wars. Particularly during the Crusades the island was used for logistical purposes. It obviously has a commanding position over the Eastern Mediterranean. It also served as an important venue for the spread of Christianity. The Cross and the Crescent competed over the island for supremacy in the Mediterranean in the long sixteenth century. Recently, Cyprus has found itself again in the middle of an international rivalry over energy routes in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Onbeş Kasım Kıbrıs University is organizing this international symposium to serve as a forum for a lively scholarly debate on the long-lasting problems that have beset the Eastern Mediterranean region. The symposium also aims to be a platform where possible solutions for these problems can be discussed.