A lecture about the Aegean conflict will be presented by Panagiotis Pantazis, a Ph.D. candidate in the Greek Studies Program, School of Humanities and Social Sciences of La Trobe University, on Thursday 28 July, at 7 pm, at the Greek Centre, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.
The Aegean conflict constitutes a set of disputes which involves elements such as sovereignty, sovereign rights, and national security. It has caused tension in Greek-Turkish relations, with both countries contesting each other’s rights and responsibilities in the Aegean Sea. This tension has led Turkey to issue a casus belli (threat of war) over Greece’s intentions to exercise its legal rights according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), while both countries have engaged in a costly arms race to defend their territories.
“In this presentation, first, I discuss the historical background of Greek-Turkish relations and the reasons that led to the Aegean conflict,” says Pantazis. “I explore the parameters of the dispute, including the calls for the revision of the Treaty of Lausanne, the delimitation of the continental shelf, the territorial waters, and the grey zones. Finally, I discuss the challenges, the implications for peace and security in the Aegean region, but also strategies that can lead to a peaceful resolution.”
Panagiotis Pantazis is a Ph.D. candidate in the Greek Studies Program, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia. He has been teaching History and Modern Greek since 2013 at independent and government schools. His research interests focus on international relations and conflict resolution.
When: Thursday 28 July, at 7pm
Where: The Mezzanine Level, The Greek Centre, (168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne) and online via Zoom and YouTube.