31 MAY 2018
Dr. Theodoros Tsakiris new book presentation: Energy Safety & International Politics

"Energy Safety & International Politics" is the main subject of the new book by Dr. Theodoros Tsakiris, which was presented during the 3rd HAEE International Conference. The book highlights the role of petroleum as a potential cause of interstate conflict.


Dr. Theodoros Tsakiris is Assistant Professor for Geopolitics & Energy Policy at University of Nicosia and Head of Energy Geopolitics Committee in HAEE. Dr. Tsakiris, who is seconded to the Department of Engineering and the Department of European & International Studies, holds a B.Sc (2000) from Athens University, M.A. (2002) in International Security from Georgetown University and a PhD (2008) in Strategic Studies and International Political Economy from Panteion University of Athens. His research interests are focused on the political, economic, and developmental aspects of energy and in particular hydrocarbons policy and industry. Dr. Tsakiris has served as a senior policy advisor to three consecutive Greek Ministers of Energy (2008-2011) and is currently coordinating the Energy Experts Group preparing the Governing Programme of Greece’s main opposition party, Nea Demokratia. 
In Cyprus, Dr.Tsakiris also served (2014-2015) as a Member of the Board of Directors of Cyprus’ National Oil & Gas Company, CHC and a member of the Presidential Geostrategic Council of Cyprus. He has been awarded several grants and research funding from several institutions (Fulbright Foundation, Lilian Voudouris Foundation, Leventis Foundation, European Commission) as well as many Greek oil & gas companies in the context of ELIAMEP’s Energy research program he directs. He is currently participating in 2 Horizon 2020 funded research programmes, and in 2014-2015 he was an associate of the LSE’ South Europe Programme. He has authored books, monographs, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. Since 2013 he has participated in over 25 international energy related conferences in Europe, the Far East and the Middle East.
During the presentation of the book, a round table discussion took place with the following speakers: Kostis Hatzidakis, MP and Vice President of New Democracy, Dr. Giannis Maniatis, MP of Argolida, PASOK/ Movement for Change, Andreas Shiamishis, Deputy CEO & CFO, Hellenic Petroleum SA, Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, Chairman of HAEE and Professor of Finance and Energy Economics at the ESCP Europe Business School.
The subject of the book was the occasion for a constructive discussion on the recent developments in the hydrocarbon research and development sector and the challenges of the Greek and European energy strategy.


A few words about the book

The examination of the role of oil as a potential cause of transnational conflicts, especially between the Great Powers and the way in which the competition between them has shaped the global industry and the hydrocarbon trading system is the basic analytical part of Dr. Tsakiris’ new book, which makes it unique in its kind in the Greek bibliography. Dr. Thakiris' book is successfully balancing Daniel Yergin's book, “The Prize”, describing the interconnection of oil security with world politics and the one of Stephen Krasner, “Defending the National Interest”.

The book is available by Papazisis Publishers.

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