George Papdopolous, whom Donald Trump has named as one of his foreign policy advisors, will be taking part Monday in the Hadera Energy Conference in Israel, alongside Director of the Prime Minister's Office, Eli Groner, and other senior Israeli officials.
Papadopolous, an expert on energy who was born in Greece, has contributed several articles to Arutz Sheva's op-ed section, will talk about the political aspects of gas finds in the Mediterranean in recent years. He is a strong proponent of economic cooperation between Israel, Greece and Cyprus.
According to NRG, Papadopolous will be holding closed door meetings with some people in Israel – "not necessarily from the political establishment."
Papadopoulos, a 2009 graduate of DePaul University, directs an international energy center at the London Center of International Law Practice.
He previously advised the presidential campaign of Ben Carson and worked as a research fellow at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington.
In his most recent op-ed for Arutz Sheva, on March 18, 2014, Papadopolous advised against exporting gas to Turkey, since this will make Israel "forever connected with the Middle East’s problems." Instead, he said, regional economic cooperation between Israel and Cyprus "should be the guiding principle that anchors Israel economically to Europe."
"The physical connectivity—transport, communications, and energy infrastructure—by exporting Leviathan’s gas to Vassilikos will link Cyprus and Israel and Europe," he opined. "Utilized wisely the abundant gas from Leviathan can drive employment and investment, while generating billions in public revenue."