Tag: Laura Pennisi

Laura Pennisi – External Contributor/ Analyst. She holds a bachelor’s in International Communication from Catania University and a master`s in Translation Studies from the La Sapienza University of Rome, both with a major in Modern Greek Studies. She also holds a master`s in International Relations from Staffordshire University, UK, and a master`s in Russian and Eurasian Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden. She is interested in the politics and geopolitics of the eastern Mediterranean, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. She speaks Italian, English, Greek, Russian, Swedish, French, and Spanish.

Greece Western Turkey satellite view
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Middle East Monitoring & Analysis

Tension between Greece and Turkey reaches new heights

Over the past two months, the tension in Greek-Turkish relations has reached new heights. What triggered it seemed to have been the age-old Turkish claims concerning the continental shelf delimitation and the total demilitarisation of the Greek Islands in the Eastern Aegean.

Socotra Island
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Middle East Monitoring & Analysis

The other side of the Yemeni war: UAE and Saudi Arabia soft-hard power games in Socotra

Recent events in the Gulf underlined that while Saudi Arabia is focusing on the al-Mahrah province on the border with Oman to ease its access to the Indian Ocean, the UAE is getting hold of the essential Yemenite islands, with the most relevant being Socotra.

Iran Azerbaijan historical map e1641805770329
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Caucasus Middle East Monitoring & Analysis

Iranian Azeri, the (almost) forgotten minority and their (in)direct impact on Iranian regional policies

Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Volume 15 Issue 2 – Among the numerous issues that impact Iran-Azerbaijan relations, considering the recent events which have interested the Caucasus region and the Iranian-Azerbaijani dialogue, it is fundamental to analyse the ethnic minority of Azeri who live on the Iranian territory and influence Tehran’s domestic and regional policies.

Greek Parliament e1636114671283
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Greece between the hammer and the anvil: geopolitical games in the eastern Aegean

Since its birth after the 1821 war against the Ottoman Empire, the Modern Greek state has always been linked to the then three major powers: France, the U.K., and Russia, with the U.K. being substituted by the U.S. during the 20th century to contain the Soviet threat. This dependency is still a reality in Greek politics and foreign affairs. Athens remains a bone of contention for those powers fighting for a strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea.