Tro by Gwyneth Glyn: Music Review

March 30th, 2021 · Comments Off on Tro by Gwyneth Glyn: Music Review

Note: this music review was originally published in June 2018 in the onlinee folk cultural journal. Wales Arts Review. Click here to read it on that page (and also listen to a song from the album). June 26, 2o18 Glyn, Gwyneth, Tro (bendigedig, 2017) Reviewed by Christopher Deliso The work of an immensely talented musician […]

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Somewhere Near to History The Wartime Diaries of Reginald Hibbert, SOE Officer in Albania, 1943-194

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on Somewhere Near to History The Wartime Diaries of Reginald Hibbert, SOE Officer in Albania, 1943-194

Note: a slightly expanded and edited version of the book review was originally published in the March 2021 edition of the RUSI Journal. The below version differs slightly in being the original accepted version, whereas the longer version was slightly expanded and published in the magazine- click here to read that version (login access may […]

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Banditry in the Medieval Balkans, 800-1500

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on Banditry in the Medieval Balkans, 800-1500

Note: this book review was originally published in the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies in the March 2021 Bulletin of British Byzantine Studies. Click here to read that version (scroll down to the second review). March 25, 2021 Panos Sophoulis, Banditry in the Medieval Balkans, 800-1500 (Palgrave, 2020) Reviewed by Christopher Deliso This […]

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Twenty Years of Gratitude: Life Since Athos

February 5th, 2021 · Comments Off on Twenty Years of Gratitude: Life Since Athos

In late 2020, the UK-based charity Friends of Mount Athos celebrated its 30th anniversary with a magnificently produced hardcover coffee-table book published by Brepolis, and featuring the memoirs and photographs of numerous members. My contribution to this group effort was an essay entitled “Twenty Years of Gratitude: Life Since Athos.” Click here and scroll down […]

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Will Turkey’s Naval Power Doctrine Evolve towards an East Africa Operational Zone?

December 14th, 2020 · Comments Off on Will Turkey’s Naval Power Doctrine Evolve towards an East Africa Operational Zone?

By Chris Deliso December 14, 2020 2020 was a busy year for assessment of Turkish maritime strategy. In February, I predicted (in Jane’s Intelligence Review) that Rear Admiral Cihat Yayci would likely become ‘’collateral damage” of Turkish internal power rivalries. Nevertheless, when the proclaimed architect of Turkey’s naval strategy was retired in May, many were […]

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How Will Migration and Covid-19 Impact Eastern Mediterranean Ferry Linkages?

December 11th, 2020 · Comments Off on How Will Migration and Covid-19 Impact Eastern Mediterranean Ferry Linkages?

By Chris Deliso December 11, 2020 The European migration crisis peaked in 2015, but never really went away. Since then, it has become a particularly pernicious problem with political, security and economic aspects. New complexities in the debate were created by the world’s Covid-19 experience of lockdowns and civil unrest, raising the issue of citizens’ […]

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What Will Happen If Energy Disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea More Political than Economic in Nature ?

November 19th, 2020 · Comments Off on What Will Happen If Energy Disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea More Political than Economic in Nature ?

By Chris Deliso November 19, 2020 Although regional states have for decades been locked in competition over the region’s largely offshore untapped energy resources, a good question remains regarding the extent to which resource competition is more of an economic or political issue. Map by Euractuv My own exhaustive research, interviews with industry experts and […]

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What Role Will Strategic Anniversaries Play in Regional Events?

November 18th, 2020 · Comments Off on What Role Will Strategic Anniversaries Play in Regional Events?

By Chris Deliso November 18, 2020 Turkish President Erdoğan visited the divided city of Famagusta, Cyprus on 15 November, controversially calling for a ‘two-state solution’ to the Cyprus conflict. He gave the visit enhanced significance by pointing out that it was the 37th anniversary of the creation of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus […]

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How Will Natural Disasters and Environmental Issues Affect National Policies and Outcomes?

November 14th, 2020 · Comments Off on How Will Natural Disasters and Environmental Issues Affect National Policies and Outcomes?

By Chris Deliso November 14, 2020 Greece and Turkey sit atop fault lines that have historically triggered earthquakes. These have had significant implications for public safety, the economy, political stability and diplomatic relations. In a region where so much remains rigidly fixed according to ‘red lines’ of policy and predictable political behavior, the unpredictable power […]

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How Could the Istanbul Canal Project Affect Regional Stability?

October 28th, 2020 · Comments Off on How Could the Istanbul Canal Project Affect Regional Stability?

By Chris Deliso October 28, 2020 Frequently overlooked because its future is unclear, the Istanbul Canal project tops the list of analytical issues because it has relevance for the entire balance of economic, military and political power between Greece and Turkey – and, quite possibly, for the environmental health of the Black Sea and Aegean/Mediterranean […]

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