GREEK-UK CONFERENCE ON THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SECURITY ISSUES

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The Dartmouth Centre for Sea Power & Strategy (DCSS) is pleased to announce the success of the international conference “Managing Complex Regional Security Issues: The Case of Eastern Mediterranean Region” which was organized in Piraeus Greece last Friday on the 11th of December.

The conference was organized by the Hellenic National Defence College (HNDC) & the Dartmouth Centre for Sea Power & Strategy, University of Plymouth in the premises of the Yacht Club of Greece in Mikrolimano, Piraeus, Greece.

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The four speakers of the conference examined the contemporary security threats in the Mediterranean, the role of Russia in Syria, the challenges and opportunities in the fields of energy economics and security in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the new geopolitical equilibrium in the Mediterranean region.

More specifically, Professor James Bergeron, Chief Political Advisor, Allied Maritime Command, NATO, gave a presentation on “Responding to the Arc of Instability in the Mediterranean Littoral”

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Dr. Graeme P. Herd, Professor of Transnational Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies and Associate Director at the Dartmouth Centre for Sea Power and Strategy, analyzed “Putin’s Strategy in Syria”

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Mr Mathios Rigas (Energean Oil and Gas CEO) provided and interested perspective in “Economics and Security in Eastern Mediterranean: Challenges and Opportunities”

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And finally, Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow, Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel and the Head of the National Security Council, offered a thought provoking analysis on “Regional Geopolitics and Alignments: Towards a new geopolitical equilibrium in the Eastern Mediterranean?”

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The conference was attended by the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Hellenic Armed Forces Air Marshal , Georgios Parashopoulos, the Commodore of the Hellenic National Defence College Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis, the Executive Dean of the Business School, University of Plymouth, Professor Nikolas Tzokas, the Commodore of the National Security School Brigadier Lambros Katsifas, representatives of the three branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, and Navy), representatives of the Hellenic Coast Guard the Police and the Fire Brigade.

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The Hellenic National Defence College and DCSS had the honour to welcome his Excellency Ambassador of United Kingdom in the Hellenic Republic John Kittmer, her Excellency Ambassador of Israel in the Hellenic Republic Irit Ben Abba, his Excellency the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Jordan in the Hellenic Republic Fawwaz Qasim Al-Eitan, the First Secretary of the Embassy of Lebanon Mirna Khawly, the First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Egypt in the Hellenic Republic Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Moussa, as well as the Director of the Hellenic Diplomatic Academy Ambassador Frangiskos Veros.

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The conference was attended by the Military Attachés of United Kingdom, USA, Israel, France, Germany and Spain, the British Defence Attaché in Cyprus, as well as representatives from the Hellenic Joint Chief of Staff, the HQ of the three Branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces the Military Academies of the Hellenic Armed Forces and the students of the Hellenic National Defence College and the students of the International Studies Department of the Hellenic National Defence College.

Finally, the conference was attended by the representatives of seven Greek defence industries and the Greek space research cluster.

One hundred and sixty attendees, mainly Senior military officers, high ranking diplomats and businessmen participated at the conference. The conference was co-hosted by Dr Fotios Moustakis, Director of the DCSS and Dr Giorgios Mourtos from the HNDC.

 

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