The new geopolitics and Greek perspective in the Eastern Mediterranean

 GEORGE X. PROTOPAPAS The Eastern Mediterranean has become the epicenter of maritime and geopolitical developments as great powers, regional actors antagonise for influence and access to energy resources. Greece a traditional maritime nation could play a constructive role on the stabilisation of the region. Read all the article in moderndiplomacy.eu

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The internal and external dimensions of Russian – Turkish controversy

George X. Protopapas Russia and Turkey seem to compose the two sides of a “communication game” in order to expose each other as culprit in international diplomacy. The shooting down of Russian Su-24 bomber from Turkish fighter jet F-16 in Syria could be interpreted as result of the different national interests which are defined from … Continue reading The internal and external dimensions of Russian – Turkish controversy

Political and strategic considerations in the aftermath of Paris attacks

George X. Protopapas The deadly terrorist attacks in Paris caused tremendous shock and proved that Europe remains vulnerable to the atrocities of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Paris attacks also display the necessity for the review of European security and for a unified international strategy against ISIS. The analysis of the European … Continue reading Political and strategic considerations in the aftermath of Paris attacks

Time of Truth for Alexis Tsipras: Euro or Grexit

George X. Protopapas The government of Athens submits a detailed hard proposal in order to stay in euzone. The European lenders will give their own verdict and do not seem to bluff when speak for Grexit. Therefore, the moment of truth approaches and will be revealed who said lies, who was honest and who made … Continue reading Time of Truth for Alexis Tsipras: Euro or Grexit

Islamic terrorism and organized crime threaten Balkans

George X. Protopapas The cooperation of Islamic terrorists and organized crime could develop in to a significant threat for the security of the region of South East Europe due to some new weaker state institutions, corruption and the deteriorating economy. The surge of Islamic fundamentalist ideology exploited the global war against terrorism and the ethnic … Continue reading Islamic terrorism and organized crime threaten Balkans

Quo vadis Graecia? Rupture or agreement with European creditors

George X. Protopapas The negotiations between the Greek government and Greece’s European creditors have become unpredictable, while the Greek economy remains stagnant and the state desperately needs cash to avoid default. Athens has two choices: to make compromises in order to receive bailout funds or to decide a rupture with Brussels. In addition, the government … Continue reading Quo vadis Graecia? Rupture or agreement with European creditors

The time has come for European Energy Security and European Defence Union

George X. Protopapas The Ukrainian crisis created a rift between the West and Russia due to the annexation of the Russian-speaking Crimean peninsula. The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has adopted a “pipeline diplomacy” to promote the Russian national interests. The EU may again become a hostage of a Russia-Ukraine gas dispute (in January 2006 … Continue reading The time has come for European Energy Security and European Defence Union

The Case for an Energy Alliance between Greece, Cyprus, and Israel

George X. Protopapas The European Union is looking for supply alternatives in order to reduce its energy dependence on Russian gas, particularly after relations between the West and Russia deteriorated following the Ukraine crisis. One could say that relations between the EU and Russia are characterized as a paradox: both parties seem reluctant to abandon their … Continue reading The Case for an Energy Alliance between Greece, Cyprus, and Israel

15 Proposals for Development of the Russian-Greek Partnership

George X. Protopapas The partnership between Russia and Greece is a unique case of international relations, in that Russia and Greece have no serious mutual claims that might impede further development or enhancement of their cooperation. Nor are there any permanent irritant factors hindering initiatives on either side. Even so, despite the historical and cultural … Continue reading 15 Proposals for Development of the Russian-Greek Partnership

Is the annexation of Crimea a justified vision of the future ?

George X. Protopapas The president of Russia Vladimir Putin adopted the theory of realism during the crisis between Moscow and Kiew. Putin immediately secured the Russian geopolitical interests in Crimea after the fall of the pro-Russian president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Crimea’s annexation is considered the natural outcome of the Ukrainian- Russian crisis as the … Continue reading Is the annexation of Crimea a justified vision of the future ?