Prof. Panayotis Tsakonas
This seminar explores the evolution of a series of ‘traditional’ as well as of ‘new’ security threats, risks and challenges in the Mediterranean region. Apart from examining certain traditional and longstanding conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean, e.g. the Greek-Turkish dispute, emphasis in the seminar rests in the role certain systemic and institutional agents play in the Mediterranean subsystem. To this end, the seminar discusses the post-Cold War (especially the post-9/11) global and regional security environment and the subsequent broadening and deepening of the notion of security; the evolution of particular new threats and challenges and their inter-linkages, i.e. climate change, forced migration, WMD, organized crime, piracy, religious radicalism, terrorism (ISIS/ISIL) etc.. It also examines the role of NATO and EU in the management of the Greek-Turkish conflict as well as the role of energy issues in creating conditions of stability and/or instability in the turbulent Mediterranean region.
Aims of Course
The course aims to acquaint students with the main security threats facing the Mediterranean region as well as the domestic and external efforts to mitigate these challenges. By the end of the semester, students are expected to comprehend the complex and interdependent nature of most of the region’s security problems.