Zenonas Tziarras


Zenonas Tziarras
Email: zenonas@prio.org
Work phone: +357.22.456555/4


Zenonas Tziarras holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK where he taught World Politics and specialized in Turkish foreign policy and the Middle East. He has collaborated with a number of institutions in Cyprus and abroad as an analyst and taught Greek-Turkish Relations, Strategy & War, and Global Security in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. He holds a BA in Mediterranean Studies & International Relations from the University of the Aegean, Greece, and an MA in International Relations & Strategic Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Between 2015 and 2017 he worked as an Associate Lecturer in Security & Diplomacy Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus campus, teaching modules on Geopolitics and International Security for the MA in Security & Diplomacy Studies and the LLM. Between 2017 and 2018 he completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus on Neoclassical Realist Foreign Policy Analysis and Turkey.

His expertise and research interests lie in Turkish politics and foreign policy, the international politics of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, International Relations theory, security & strategic studies, intrastate conflict, and the polarity of the international system (international order). He is a frequent media commentator, authors popular articles, and participates in the editorial board of the New Middle Eastern Studies journal.

Zenonas co-edited a volume on the foreign policy of the Republic of Cyprus [in Greek] and co-authored a book on Turkish foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean [in Greek]. Among other projects, he is currently working on three more edited volumes on Cypriot foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, and the Eastern Mediterranean respectively as well as on a monograph on Neoclassical Realism and Turkish foreign policy.

At the PCC he is focusing his research on the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean.


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PCC Report

Ioannou, Ioannis Sotirios; & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) What Peace for Syria? Spheres of Influence, the Sunni Opposition and the Day After, Re-imagining the Eastern Mediterranean Series: PCC Report, 5. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Tziarras, Zenonas; & Sigvart Nordhov Fredriksen (2020) The Libya Conflict and its Security Implications for the Broader Region, Re-imagining the Eastern Mediterranean Series: PCC Report, 4. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Hatay, Mete; & Zenonas Tziarras, eds, (2019) Kinship and Diasporas in Turkish Foreign Policy: Examples from Europe, the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 10. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Tziarras, Zenonas (ed.) (2019) The New Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean: Trilateral Partnerships and Regional Security, Re-imagining the Eastern Mediterranean Series: PCC Report, 3. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Tziarras, Zenonas (2018) The Eastern Mediterranean: Between Power Struggles and Regionalist Aspirations, Re-imagining the Eastern Mediterranean Series: PCC Report, 2. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Tziarras, Zenonas (2018) Pre-Conditions for Peace: A Civil Society Perspective on the Cyprus problem, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Tziarras, Zenonas (2018) Turkish Foreign Policy and Security in Cyprus: Greek-Cypriot Security Perception, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 6. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

PCC Policy Brief

Ioannou, Ioannis Sotirios & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) Turning the Tide in Libya: Rival Administrations in a New Round of Conflict, PRIO Cyprus Centre Policy Brief, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Tziarras, Zenonas (2021) International Competition and Cooperation in the New Eastern Mediterranean, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.654.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Tziarras, Zenonas (2021) Energy and Sovereignty in the new Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean, Oxford Energy Forum: 58–61.

Popular Article

Tziarras, Zenonas (2021) What Erdogan Really wants in the Eastern Mediterranean, Foreign Policy, 19 January.
Tank, Pinar & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) What a Biden Presidency Could Mean for the Middle East, PRIO Blog, 12 November.
Tziarras, Zenonas & Ioannis Sotirios Ioannou (2019) A New Phase in the Syria Conflict and New Security Challenges, PRIO Blog, 21 October.
Tziarras, Zenonas (2019) Η Εξωτερική Πολιτική Ερντογάν: To Διπλό Μέτωπο Αμφισβήτησης της Συνθήκης της Λωζάννης [Erdogan's Foreign Policy: Disputing the Lausanne Treaty on two Fronts], EPIKAIRA, 10 September.
Tziarras, Zenonas (2019) Στρατηγικός Σχεδιασμός ή Ευσεβοποθισμός; [Strategic Planning or Wishful Thinking?], Liberal.gr, 23 March.
Tziarras, Zenonas (2019) Trump’s Withdrawal from Syria: Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Turkey Institute, 16 January.