ISRAEL’S APOLOGY TO TURKEY WAS A MISTAKE
(Professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University, the director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies and a fellow at the Middle East Forum)
Israel’s apology to Turkey for “operational errors” in the Mavi Marmara incident is a diplomatic mistake both in terms of substance and timing. It’s hard to understand or justify Israel’s weekend apology to Turkey. While the use of Israeli force in the Mavi Marmara “flotilla” incident was not very elegant, it was perfectly legitimate – as the UN-appointed “Palmer Commission” unequivocally determined. Moreover, the incident was a Turkish provocation that warrants a Turkish apology, not an Israeli one... Read more
BILIRAKIS AND DEUTCH: HELLENIC-ISRAELI PARTNERSHIP STRENGTHENS DEMOCRACY
Alliance merits U.S. support and recognition
The Eastern Mediterranean is transforming, and partnerships are being formed to reflect the changing geopolitical reality. The United States should support and recognize the region’s blossoming Hellenic-Israeli partnership, which could be transformative for the respective nations and the international community of democratic stakeholders. …… Read more
THE NEW ENERGY TRIANGLE (NET) OF CYPRUS-GREECE-ISRAEL: CASTING A NET FOR TURKEY?!
(Energy Analyst from Cyprus, a Stanford University graduate mentored by former US Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, today a Visiting Researcher at Dundee University's Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (UK) working on the geo-strategic repercussions in the region of the New Energy alliance of Cyprus, Greece and Israel)
A long-running speculation over massive natural gas reserves in the tumultuous area of the South-eastern Mediterranean and in Cyprus's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) became a reality in December 2011 when official reports of the research and scoping were released. Nearby Israel has already confirmed its own reserves right next to Cyprus' EEZ but the location of Cypriot reserves with all the intricacies of the intractable Cyprus Problem and the discovery's timing along with other grave and interwoven events in the region, came to create a veritable tinderbox...... Read more
ΤΟ ΑΡΚΤΙΚΟ ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΙΚΟ ΑΝΟΙΓΜΑ ΓΙΑ ΤΗ ΝΟΤΙΟ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΙΚΗ ΜΕΣΟΓΕΙΟ
Hλίας Κονοφάγος και Νίκος Λυγερός
Copyright: H. Konofagos & N. Lygeros on line
Η θαλάσσια (offshore) παγκόσμια παραγωγή πετρελαίου και φυσικού αερίου ανέρχεται σήμερα σε 42,3 εκατομμύρια βαρέλια (boe) ημερησίως δηλαδή αντιπροσωπεύει το 30% περίπου της παγκόσμιας παραγωγής υδρογονανθράκων. ........ Read more
ECONOMIC AND GEOPOLITICAL IMPORTANCE OF EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
GAS FIELDS FOR GREECE AND THE E.U. EMPHASIS ON THE PROBABLE NATURAL GAS DEPOSITS OCCURRING IN THE LIBYAN SEA WITHIN THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OF GREECE
Alain Bruneton, Elias Konofagos, Anthony E. Foscolos
Copyright: A. Bruneton, E. Konofagos, A. E. Foskolos on line
RIEAS presents three significant reports on the Greek Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) written by Alain Bruneton, Elias Konofagos and Anthony E. Foskolos, experts on the Economic and Geopolitical Importance of Eastern Mediterranean.
Read more: PDF1(Eng & Greek), PDF2(Eng & Greek), PDF3 (Greek)
ON THE GREEK ECONOMIC EXCLUSIVE ZONE (EEZ) PROCLAMATION BILL
Nikos Lygeros (PhD)
This was the first time in the Greek Parliament's history that the Greek Exclusive Economic Zone issue was mentioned straight and in relation with what should be done. Both the Government and opposition parties referred to it by the Prime Minister, and Ministers, party leaders and Members of the Parliament. This proves that we have, in fact, reached a point of political maturity allowing us to examine the EEZ proclamation Bill in this framework, too.
DEFINING EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE (EEZ) AND 12 NAUTICAL MILES THROUGH…WASHINGTON
The ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty by the USA set on the table
Copyright: Epikaira Magazine (31/05-06/2012)
Last week, during an uncommon joint appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta and the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, expressed their common support for the immediate ratification of the Law of the Sea treaty so that keen US strategic interests are protected. In doing so, the three distinguished witnesses articulated as well the interests of major US companies involved in searching for hydrocarbon deposits overseas, a project wholly supported by the Obama administration.
STRATEGIC JUDO IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: HOW GREECE AND CYPRUS GAINED FROM ISRAELI DIPLOMACY
(RIEAS Senior Advisor)
In its purest form, the whole notion of ‘strategic judo’ is to use the momentum of a bigger, heavier opponent against them in self-defense. This underlying premise contends that despite one’s size, those that are resolute, willing to learn and act decisively can gain the respect of those around them. In terms of economics and international politics, one of the starkest examples of ‘strategic judo’ is unfolding in the Eastern Mediterranean. In the past, power was blanketed through military alliances against the imposition of threat. In other words, deterrence correlated directly with joining a coalition or a pact sponsored by a superpower. This cohesive framework fostered a sense of avoidance by potentially larger, more bellicose countries. This example is somewhat different. Following Israel’s lead and with the help of a few select companies and partnering countries, Greece, Cyprus and Israel will form a trio to become an energy powerhouse. While not in the same league in size and strength as many of their neighbors, the combination posed by these three will certainly reverse their fortunes in ways wholly unanticipated..... Read more
GREECE-CYPRUS-ISRAEL ENERGY TRIANGLE: DYNAMICS AND POTENTIALS IN THE EAST MEDITERRANEAN BASIN
(RIEAS Research Associate and Energy Security Analyst)
In the mid-60s, John F. Kennedy stated the famous geography has made us neighbors, history has made us friends, economics has made us partners and necessity has made us allies having the flourishing US-Canadian alliance on his mind. Fifty years later, those words have a deep meaning for a newborn block in the East Mediterranean Sea. The potential “third energy corridor” is the most prominent ace up Europe’s sleeve to reshuffle and win the energy game, as for the Greece-Cyprus-Israel triangle to lead the sequence of the raising pots and eventually, to win a hard pot of poker.
ISRAEL AND GREECE: A DYNAMIC ALLIANCE IN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
(RIEAS Media Analyst)
The tightening relations between Israel and Greece have been changing the geopolitical status quo of existing balance of power in Mediterranean Sea creating a regional powerful alliance on the fields of politics and defence. The official visit of Defence Minister of Israel Ehud Barak to Athens confirmed the dynamic of military agreement that had been recently signed by two states... Read more