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The New Eastern Mediterranean

Theory, Politics and States in a Volatile Era

  • Spyridon N. Litsas
  • Aristotle Tziampiris
  • Introduces the concept of the Eastern Mediterranean as a new regional subsystem

  • Discusses current issues of importance to the region including energy politics, migration, and Islamic terrorism

  • Includes diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives


About this book


This book provides an introduction to the Eastern Mediterranean region and introduces the concept of the Eastern Mediterranean as a new regional subsystem. Due to recent events in contemporary international politics, the Eastern Mediterranean can be seen as a laboratory where the balance of power among Great Powers and regional states are being tested. Written by leading academics in their respective fields, this book addresses key developments in the area and argues that the Eastern Mediterranean should be viewed as a distinct region. Particular emphasis is given to the initiatives undertaken by Israel, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey; the role played by the United States and Russia; and the issues of energy, migration, and Islamic terrorism. Bringing together relevant information and theoretical debates, this book will be of interest to graduate students and academics studying international relations and politics in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as policymakers and journalists who want to have a clearer understanding of developments in the region.



Eastern Mediterranean Politics Diplomacy Multipolarity Hard Power Soft power

Editors and affiliations

  • Spyridon N. Litsas
    • 1
  • Aristotle Tziampiris
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of International and European StudiesUniversity of MacedoniaThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Department of International and European StudiesUniversity of PiraeusPiraeusGreece

About the editors

Dr. Spyridon N. Litsas is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is also a Visiting Professor of International Relations and Eastern Mediterranean Politics at the Institut d’ etudes politiques de Grenoble (SciencesPo at the University of Grenoble) and a Visiting Professor of International Relations and Strategic Analysis at the Joint Supreme College of War of the Hellenic Armed Forces. He has obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Durham, UK. He is teaching, researching and publishing on War Theory, Strategic Analysis, Security Issues such as Jihadism, Politics of the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa, US & Russian Foreign Policy in South-Eastern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, Turkish Foreign Politics etc. His most recent publications include: ‘Stateness and Sovereign Debt: Greece in the European Conundrum’ (with Prof. Kostantinos Lavdas & Professor Dimitrios Skiadas), ‘The Eastern Mediterranean in Transition: Multipolarity, Politics and Power’ (eds. with Professor Aristotle Tziampiris), ‘Foreign Policy Under Austerity: Greece’s Return to Normality?’ (eds. with Professor Aristotle Tziampiris), ‘The European Common Security and Defense Concept: Opprotunities and Challenges’, Mediterranean Quarterly, 2017, vol. 28, no.3. pp. 56-67.  

Dr. Aristotle Tziampiris is Professor of International Relations, Chair of the Department of International and European Studies and Director of the MSc Program in Energy: Strategy, Law & Economics at the University of Piraeus. He is also Standing Fellow at New York University's Remarque Institute, member of the Executive Academic Board of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), Academic Advisor to the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and Academic Coordinator for the Erasmus+ "Eastern Mediterranean Regional Training Partnership" Program.

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