Enhancing Security and Stability in Europe and the Mediterranean

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An Address by His Excellency Mr Nikos Dendias, Foreign Minister of Greece.

As a coastal European nation, Greece views the Mediterranean as a sea of communication, trade, and cooperation and as a critical security concern for the entire continent. Yet several recent developments, including Turkey’s systematic policy of contentious claims against the sovereignty and sovereign rights and jurisdictions of Greece and Turkish behaviour in Cyprus, have contributed to rising tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Due to its geographical proximity, Greece cannot afford to ignore worrying developments in the Middle East and North Africa either, or Greece’s vulnerabilities as a significant gateway for migratory pressures into Europe. The recently-concluded defence partnership between France and Greece is seen in Athens as one of the responses to these strategic challenges. But so is Greece’s pledge to contribute to security efforts within the European Union and NATO.

In his speech, the Greek Foreign Minister will address these concerns and preoccupations and outline his country’s vision for improving security and stability in the region. After the address, RUSI members will also have the opportunity to put questions to the Minister.

The event will be moderated by The Lord Ricketts GCMG GCVO, RUSI's Vice-Chair.

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Speaker's biography

His Excellency Nikos Dendias is a Supreme Court lawyer with a distinguished political career which included separate stints as minister for justice and minister for public order before becoming Defence Minister in 2014. He assumed his current post as the Hellenic Republic’s Foreign Minister in July 2019.

This event is open to RUSI members only. To become a member, please click here.

To take part, you must pre-register no later than 22 October using the ‘Register Now’ button above.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Živilė Kulevičiūtė, Events Manager, at ZivileK@rusi.org.

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