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Athenians swim on a rocky beach along the Athenian Riviera.
Athenians swim on a rocky beach along the Athenian Riviera.

Greece Is for Tourists

As foreigners flood the country, ordinary Greeks can’t afford the sacred rite of a summer holiday.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias watches as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks after signing the renewal of a defense cooperation agreement at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 14.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias watches as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks after signing the renewal of a defense cooperation agreement at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 14.

Erdogan’s Belligerence Has U.S., Greece Expanding Ties

Growing military cooperation offers Washington a hedge against Ankara and Moscow.

Forest fire in Greece
Forest fire in Greece

Conspiracy Theories Rise From the Ashes of Greece’s Fires

The government can claim real successes amid the disaster, but rumors are running wild.

Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and Emirati Presidential Advisor Anwar Gargash hold a press conference after meeting in the western Cypriot city of Paphos, on April 16.
Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and Emirati Presidential Advisor Anwar Gargash hold a press conference after meeting in the western Cypriot city of Paphos, on April 16.

Greece Is Making a Comeback in the Eastern Mediterranean

Sensing the tide turning against Turkey, Athens is reviving itself as a diplomatic force.

The deck of the French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, sails off the eastern coast of Cyprus on Feb. 10, 2020.
The deck of the French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, sails off the eastern coast of Cyprus on Feb. 10, 2020.

Where to Draw the Line in the Eastern Mediterranean

As France sends aircraft carriers to the region, all sides should look to Bangladesh and Myanmar for a solution to the border dispute.

The Acropolis in Athens
The Acropolis in Athens

Ancient Greece Had Hard Lessons on Partisan ‘Stasis’

For the Greeks, factionalism and civil strife went together.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 17, 2020.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 17, 2020.

Give Everyone a Vote on Kicking Politicians Off Social Media

If platforms aren’t going to enforce their rules properly, they should go back to Athenian ostracism.

The Turkish drilling vessel Kanuni arrives for mechanical operations at Haydarpasa Port in Istanbul on Oct. 19, 2020.
The Turkish drilling vessel Kanuni arrives for mechanical operations at Haydarpasa Port in Istanbul on Oct. 19, 2020.

What Erdogan Really Wants in the Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism.

Supporters of Ersin Tatar celebrate his win in the presidential election in the northern part of Nicosia, the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Supporters of Ersin Tatar celebrate his win in the presidential election in the northern part of Nicosia, the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Biden Faces Troubled Eastern Mediterranean Waters

Greeks and Greek Cypriots are hoping for stronger U.S. support in their disputes with Turkey. But that may not be the president-elect’s greatest priority.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar

Changing Tides in Divided Cyprus

The victory of an Erdogan ally in Northern Cyprus spells danger for the island’s reunification prospects—and sets Turkey up for regional hegemony.

This pictures shows the Yavuz drillship seen from the Karpaz coast of the northern part of Cyprus, the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) close to Apostolos Andreas monastery on July 21, 2019.
This pictures shows the Yavuz drillship seen from the Karpaz coast of the northern part of Cyprus, the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) close to Apostolos Andreas monastery on July 21, 2019.

No Gas, No War in the Mediterranean

Border tensions among Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus are about to boil over—but there’s a simple solution.

Sailors standing on the deck of a warship at a parade during the Turkish International Ceremony at Mehmetcik Abidesi Martyrs Memorial near Seddulbahir Turkey on April 24, 2015.
Sailors standing on the deck of a warship at a parade during the Turkish International Ceremony at Mehmetcik Abidesi Martyrs Memorial near Seddulbahir Turkey on April 24, 2015.

How Did the Eastern Mediterranean Become the Eye of a Geopolitical Storm?

The region’s powers and the West are facing off against Turkey—and Turkey is not going down without a fight.

Reenactors dressed as Greek hoplites attack Persians during an event  to commemorate the 2,500-year anniversary of the Battle of Marathon in Marathon, Greece, on Sept. 10, 2011.
Reenactors dressed as Greek hoplites attack Persians during an event to commemorate the 2,500-year anniversary of the Battle of Marathon in Marathon, Greece, on Sept. 10, 2011.

Oh God, Not the Peloponnesian War Again

Western strategists need to learn some new history. Here are eight suggestions from Asia.

Zoran Zaev, leader of the ruling Social Democratic Union party, celebrates victory in the general elections in Skopje, North Macedonia, on July 16.
Zoran Zaev, leader of the ruling Social Democratic Union party, celebrates victory in the general elections in Skopje, North Macedonia, on July 16.

North Macedonia’s Success Story May be About to End

Promising election results aside, the country is poised for a fall.

Child Refugee in Athens
Child Refugee in Athens

Greece’s Forgotten Child Refugees

With support services limited by the coronavirus, refugee children are turning to black markets for survival.

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