The Caspian Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean are two regions with abundant energy resources. Their gas routes to Europe intersect and actors, exporters, pipeline owners and operators, transit states and downstream customers are connected to one another in a web of political and economic interdependencies. More significantly, these regions have been plagued by deep-seated ethnic conflicts and disputes: namely, the two oldest registered in the United Nations (the Cyprus and the Arab-Israeli Conflicts), the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, the Syria War and numerous tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Caspian Sea and the Balkan regions. The presentation aims at featuring what impact these energy resources have had on the respective conflicts and disputes, as well as their influence on the power game between the EU and Russia.

Andreas Stergiou is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics University of Thessaly specialised on European Institutions and International Relations and Teaching Fellow at the Open University of Greece. He has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Truman Institute for advancement of Peace in the Hebrew University in 2013 and 2018 and Research Affiliate 2014-2015, at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO) in Moscow in 2015, at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA University) in 2017 and reaching fellow among others at the University of Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, University of Crete, at the Diplomatic Academy of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the National School of Public Administration.

Respondent: Sophia Kalantzakos, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Supported by the Paul Sarbanes '54 Fund for Hellenism and Public Service