GREECE AND TRIPARTITE PARTNERSHIPS IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: A RECOMMENDED POLICY FOR GREEK STRATEGIC INTERESTS

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Dimitrios Grekos
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3578-4071

Abstract

The Eastern Mediterranean is an area of strategic importance not only in the peripheral but worldwide. In recent years, the field of the Eastern Mediterranean has entered a new dynamic since there are trends of Tripartite Partnerships between neighboring states. These partnerships are political, cultural, economic, energy (due to the hydrocarbon surveys), immigration, and especially at the level of dealing with common security threats. By conducting tripartite partnerships, Greece achieved balance while playing a major role in the region. The study examined this Greek initiative in the sectors above under the vacuum left by the great powers (Russia and the USA). Greek foreign policy, through Tripartite Partnerships, defended its strategic interests and shaped the region’s good relationships. The analysis of this policy employed the theory of neoclassical realism in order to present the international and internal (state) system and their impact on the Greek initiative of tripartite cooperation with the states of the Eastern Mediterranean. According to said method, a recommended policy for Greek strategic interests was designed, which may be utilized by other regional states. 

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Grekos, Dimitrios. 2023. “GREECE AND TRIPARTITE PARTNERSHIPS IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: A RECOMMENDED POLICY FOR GREEK STRATEGIC INTERESTS”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (3):328-41. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2393347g.
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Dimitrios Grekos, University of Piraeus, Greece

Dimitrios Grekos holds a PhD from the University of Piraeus (Greece). His thesis examined the conflict between coastal flag states and the emerging international surveillance regime for the safe transportation of dangerous materials. He is a Greek Coast Guard Academy graduate and an experienced Captain of Coast Guard vessels. His rank is Commander in the Greek Coast Guard, and now he serves as a Chief of Watch in the National Maritime Operations Center, Piraeus (Greece). Also, he received his Master's in International Shipping from the University of Plymouth(UK) and LLB from Aristotle University (Greece). Most recently, he completed his studies at the National Defense College, specializing in international relations. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (UK). For the last decade, he has been a lecturer at the Greek Coast Guard Academy in International Law and Law of the Sea. He applied for the assistant professor position at the University of Piraeus (Department of Maritime Studies). His research interests include International Law and Relations, the Law of the Sea, Maritime Environmental Law, Maritime Security, and Law Enforcement. His most recent article is “Legal Analysis of Government Ships’ Immunity in the Light of Sustainable Development and Environmental Security. Environmental Policy and Law. 1 Jan. 2020 : 325 - 338.