Energy dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean: Cooperation or conflict?

Energy dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean: Cooperation or conflict?

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Bill Kappis (University of Buckingham)
Okan Yardimci (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Chair: 
Charles Enoch (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Convenor: 
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Jessie Barton Hronesova (Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford); David Madden (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Series: 
SEESOX

There were hopes that energy could be a source of cooperation, but in fact we are seeing a potentially destabilising situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, with Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Libya and Israel all involved.  In this seminar we discuss the strategies, risks and potential conflicts in an increasingly unstable part of the region.

Vassilis (Bill) Kappis is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies in the University of Buckingham. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (2016) in International Security from the University of Sydney and Master’s degrees in Strategic Studies and European Integration from the Australian National University and the LSE, respectively. Before joining the University of Buckingham, he undertook post-doctoral research at the University of Tel-Aviv (2015-2016). His theoretical interests lie in the strategic and psychological aspects of security crises and foreign policy decision-making. He has expertise on  issues such as the migration crisis, energy security and great power competition in the Eastern Mediterranean. His current research highlights the changing security dynamics in the area, with an emphasis on the impact of US retrenchment and the re-emergence of Russia as a great power.

Okan Yardimci has been working for the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) of Turkey since 2006. Previously he was a Reservoir Engineer in an International Oil Company. He is an Energy Expert, experienced in many different aspects of the energy sector such as regulation of energy markets, operations in the upstream and downstream of oil and natural gas, energy exchange and specialised in the Turkish energy market.