How Are France and Russia Influencing the Greek-Turkish Rivalry?

How Are France and Russia Influencing the Greek-Turkish Rivalry?

The common denominator driving France and Russia’s newly enhanced military partnerships with rivals Greece and Turkey respectively is those two Eastern Mediterranean countries’ concerns about their shared American ally’s reliability. France and Russia are playing important roles when it comes to influencing the Greek-Turkish competition in the Eastern Mediterranean. That second pair of states are…

“Building Peace From the Mediterranean to The Gulf”: Greece at the Center of New Transcontinental Geopolitical Order

“Building Peace From the Mediterranean to The Gulf”: Greece at the Center of New Transcontinental Geopolitical Order

A geopolitically changing event took place on February 11 when Athens hosted the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Iraq, as well as the Minister of State for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates. The French Foreign Minister participated via video link. Their attendance, whether in Athens or via video link,…

From “Blue Homeland” to Reuniting the Ottoman Empire?

From “Blue Homeland” to Reuniting the Ottoman Empire?

“Mavi vatan,” or “blue homeland,” has become a common phrase in Turkish political life. It is most often used as a shorthand expression for Ankara’s maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean. Central to these interests is the presence of large deposits of natural gas off the coast of the island of Cyprus.” R. Gingeras See…

Russian Influence in the Mediterranean Is Multipolar, Not Malign

Russian Influence in the Mediterranean Is Multipolar, Not Malign

US Secretary of State Pompeo’s misportrayal of Russian influence in the Mediterranean as malign is likely due to the fading unipolar hegemon’s fear of the growing multipolar impact that the Eurasian Great Power is having on regional affairs, and it also very conspicuously ignores the de-facto Russian-”Israeli” alliance which voices on both sides of the…