Re-Imagining the Eastern Mediterranean

Led by Zenonas Tziarras
Jan 2019 - Dec 2021

This project aims to explore the Eastern Mediterranean as a distinct geopolitical space in the context of global and regional transitions. It conceptualizes the Eastern Mediterranean's new geopolitical identity both historically and theoretically and looks at its security and politico-economic prospects. At the same time, it tracks the main challenges that regional states face, and attempts to re-imagine the patterns of conflict and cooperation by examining the potential of regionalism and inter-state cooperation in various sectors. Moreover, the project keeps monitoring conflict and peace-building dynamics (e.g. in Syria and Libya) as well as. region-building/regionalism processes in the Eastern Mediterranean and the role of state and non-state actors.


Research Groups


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Tziarras, Zenonas (2021) International Competition and Cooperation in the New Eastern Mediterranean, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.654.


Non-refereed Journal Article

Tziarras, Zenonas (2021) Energy and Sovereignty in the new Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean, Oxford Energy Forum: 58–61.

Popular Article

Tziarras, Zenonas & Jalel Harchaoui (2021) What Erdogan Really wants in the Eastern Mediterranean, Foreign Policy, 19 January.
Tank, Pinar; Pavel K. Baev; Jørgen Jensehaugen; Kristian Berg Harpviken; Alaa Tartir; Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) What a Biden Presidency Could Mean for the Middle East, PRIO Blog, 12 November.
Tziarras, Zenonas & Ioannis Sotirios Ioannou (2019) A New Phase in the Syria Conflict and New Security Challenges, PRIO Blog, 21 October.

PRIO Report

Ioannou, Ioannis Sotirios; & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) What Peace for Syria? Spheres of Influence, the Sunni Opposition and the Day After, Re-imagining the Eastern Mediterranean Series: PCC Report, 5. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

PRIO Policy Brief

Ioannou, Ioannis Sotirios & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) Turning the Tide in Libya: Rival Administrations in a New Round of Conflict, PRIO Cyprus Centre Policy Brief, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.