- From the Editor
It is with deep sadness, yet a profound sense of accomplishment, that we are announcing that the current issue of the Mediterranean Quarterly will be the last. For the past thirty years, this journal has provided a vital outlet for the publication of important essays related to the Mediterranean region and the wider world. We would like to take this opportunity to thank this journal’s many supporters throughout its entire existence.
While space does not permit us to mention by name everyone who has played a critical role in the journal’s success, the Mediterranean Quarterly would never have existed without the inspiration of its two key founders, the late Professor Nikolaos A. Stavrou and the late Minos X. Kyriakou. It was their vision that established this publication, a platform where major leaders and statesmen could outline new policy proposals and experiment with new ideas, and one where young, newly minted academics could present ground-breaking research and hone their critical thinking on some of the thorniest issues affecting the Mediterranean region.
Success, as the saying goes, has a thousand fathers, and, of course, the Mediterranean Quarterly is no exception. We are grateful to all who contributed to the pages of this journal over the past thirty years. The MQ’s strong and lasting impact, however, would never have been ensured without the continuous support of a number of significant people who were members of the Editorial Advisory Board and/or long-standing contributors. Although some are no longer with us, the MQ would never have gotten off the ground without the help of important contributions made by Robert McCloskey, Joe Sisco, David Binder, Ted Galen Carpenter, Matthew Nimetz, Monteagle Stearns, Burton Sapin, Richard Staar, and Nicholas Veliotes. [End Page 1]
Throughout its existence, the MQ was also fortunate to have its longtime senior editor, Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt, as well as a group of active and dependable associate editors in Theodros Dagne, Constantine Danopoulos, Julius Anyu Ndumbe, and Despina Skenderis-Fourniades. Lucien Nedzi, Raymond Ewing, and Maria Stamoulas currently make up the board of Mediterranean Affairs, Inc., the parent organization that has overseen the publication of the MQ since 1989. Their sage advice and critical input, along with that of the late Ed Dillery, who was a member of the board until his passing in January 2016, maintained the journal’s strong reputation.
As the editor since Professor Stavrou’s untimely passing, I would personally like to thank my colleagues at the MQ who put in long hours and late nights to keep the journal going, most of all to Magnus Nordenman, S. D. Williams, Melissa Dentch, and my wife, Sofia Stavroula Pagedas, who first allowed me time away from my family to pursue this important endeavor and who later joined the team to make this a most enjoyable experience.
Finally, the Mediterranean Quarterly would never have gotten off the ground and remained a constant source of groundbreaking ideas and relevant information without its loyal readership. It is with deep humility and sincere gratitude that we have received consistent encouragement and praise from our longtime readers from numerous professional walks of life. If we have been able to inspire our readers to think about existing questions that face the Mediterranean from a different perspective, or inform them about new issues that have developed and currently confront the region, then this thirty-year endeavor was more than worth the impressive efforts of a great number of people. [End Page 2]