The stability quadrangle in the South-Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt

The stability quadrangle in the South-Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt
The stability quadrangle in the South-Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt

The rising energy cooperation has created new challenges for multi-level convergence among Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt. A relevant quadrangle has been formed, while it is examined as a stability factor for the greater region. This programme covers a gap existing in the training of IR experts, Journalists, Professionals and Military Personnel, regarding the aspects of reading and understanding the region and the new balance of power and interests. With the use of innovative methods of e-learning training and covering the whole spectrum of data and policy fields, the quadrangle is analysed and its cohesion is measured. Besides, the last year’s evolutions regarding the exploitation of gas reserves, the implementation of pipeline networks with special emphasis on the ‘East Med’ project and the rising security cooperation among the four state actors cultivate a new correlation in the region, which is very challenging. In addition, Syria continues to find itself into turmoil and Turkey has chosen an ambiguous strategy vis-à-vis the West, a situation which confirms the significance of examining the case study of the quadrangle in the Southeastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Professor of Economic Geography and Geopolitical Theory at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The programme is addressed to Graduates of Departments of Political Sciences and/or International Relations, Area Studies, Military personnel, Journalists, Diplomats, Security and Intelligence Executives, Executives in Ministries, State Institutions or International Organizations, as well as interested citizens

The programme aims to satisfy the increasing need of international academia to delve into the politics and strategy-making of the South-eastern Mediterranean.

1. Methodology of Systemic Geopolitical Analysis, Classic Geopolitics and The case of the High North : Students will be able to understand the difference between Geopolitics and Geostrategy, as well as to soberly analyse and evaluate the geopolitical issues.

2. Quantitative methods in Systemic Geopolitical Analysis. : Modern Systemic Geopolitical Analysis is an important methodological tool for exploring international political events and relations, associated with reallocations of power within a system of national social formations in the world. Therefore, the learning outcomes of the unit aim to the familiarization of the students with 1) the building of a model to calculate global power redistribution in a System, and 2) the management and the analysis of information into two main categories when and where is required.

3. Analysis of the geopolitical milestones of the quadrangle of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean (Greece-Israel-Cyprus-Egypt). The view of systemic geopolitical analysis and Space Geopolitics.

4. Energy issues in the quadrangle : In the aftermath of the current teaching module, the trainee will have delved into:

-Important data resources regarding energy politics in the Southeastern Mediterranean

-Practical aspects of cooperation opportunities with an emphasis on the dipole of producing and consuming countries, as well as the role of transit countries between them

-A valuable typology concerning the level of energy security a state is in position to achieve

-The energy strategy priorities of the EU and how these engage the geopolitical complex having been examined

-The priorities of Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt and how hydrocarbons dominate the process of policy- and strategy-making in each country

-Preconditions of strategic alignment among Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt

-A multi-level knowledge of the Southeastern Mediterranean and the challenges the four actors facing

-A brief, but substantial, touch with Systemic Geopolitical Analysis.


For each lesson the trainees have to submit their solution of an acquired knowledge test. Successful trainees are considered these who have a passing average grade of 50% for the overall corresponding tests of each module.

Online and distance training learning at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens offers a new way of combining innovative learning and training techniques with interaction with your tutor and fellow trainees from around the world.

The e-learning course is implemented via a user-friendly educational platform adjusted to the Distance Learning Principles. Courses are structured as weekly online meetings; interaction with the course tutor and other trainees takes place in a digital learning environment. The courses are designed to fit around your schedule; you access the course whenever it is convenient for you, however within the given deadlines.

The whole world becomes your classroom as e-learning can be done on laptops, tablets and phones as a very mobile method. Learning can be done on the train, on a plane or even during your trip to Greece!

The educational platform is a portal that offers access to electronic educational material based on modern distance learning technologies. The computer based nature of training means new technology is being introduced all the time to help trainees engage and learn in a tailored way that will meet their needs. E-learners have access to the educational platform with their personal code number in order to browse all relevant training material and interact with their instructors.

Moreover, an online communication system through own personal e-mail account is available in order to make the process easier and more interactive. Trainees can contact directly their tutors or the administration office of the course and share any concerns or anxieties related to the course in order to make the most of their experience.

Every week e-learners are provided with the relevant material, delivered either in the form of video-lectures, text notes and relevant presentations or as a combination of them. The educational material of the course is uploaded gradually, per educational unit. During the course, important info for the smooth conduct of the educational process, such as timetables for the submission of the exercises are announced on the Announcement section of the platform.

For successful completion of the course the e-learner should have fulfill her/his academic obligations, meaning should have submitted all corresponding assessment exercises and have achieved at least an average of 50% grade in the corresponding tests for each module. The score scale ranges from 0 to 100%. Finally, if the total score on one or more lessons of the course does not exceed 50%, trainees can ask for reassessment.

Interactivity, flexibility and our long tradition guarantee that learning with us offers a successful and rewarding experience. Finally, access to a large variety of material and online resources available in each unit aims to excite your curiosity and guide you in exploring further your favourite topic. Part of the online material can be downloaded providing the chance to quickly refresh your memory after the completion of the course.


When will I receive the Certificate?

The Certificate will be sent to you electronically 30 working days upon completion, if you have no remaining academic or financial obligations. The Certificate will be also sent to you through traditional post services. Upon request the Certificate can be sent with the use of courier services. In this case, the relative cost should be covered by your side.