S2 Episode 22: Defusing Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean

Tensions flared in the eastern Mediterranean in mid-2020 when Turkey sent seismic research ships into waters contested with Greece and the Republic of Cyprus. While neither Turkey nor Greece seeks war with the other, competition over sovereignty and natural resources is reviving long-running geopolitical rivalries.

To discuss the various interests at play in their maritime standoff and how actors such as the EU and the U.S. can help push the parties toward reconciliation, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope are joined by Nigar G?ksel, project director for Turkey. Together, they draw on key findings detailed in Crisis Group?s latest report on the issue ? ?Turkey-Greece: From Maritime Brinkmanship to Dialogue? ? and assess whether recently restarted talks between President Erdogan and Prime Minister Mitsotakis signal a positive turn in strained relations and might lower the risks of regional conflict.

For more information, explore Crisis Group?s analysis on our Eastern Mediterranean Rivalries page.

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War and Peace is a new podcast series from the International Crisis Group. Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope interview experts about all things Europe and its neighbourhood from Russia to Turkey and beyond. Their guests shed new light on everything that helps or hinders prospects for peace.