China and its challenge in the Eastern Mediterranean – Marco Vicenzino & George Filis – 9 Dec 20 1600hrs GMT

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China’s increasing activity in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean as part of its Belt and Road strategy poses potential threats. What should be done to address these challenges and concerns? Are China’s actions benevolent or not? The Asia Scotland Institute and the Defence Security Forum are pleased to present two experts, Marco Vicenzino & George Filis to examine this subject in a full and frank discussion in a webinar on 9 Dec 20 at 1600 hours GMT. Roddy Gow OBE, Chairman Asia Scotland Institute and Lady Olga Maitland, President Defence & Security Forum will moderate.

This event is free to all Institute members but donations are required from non-members. Members should access the event using the discount code or the links to the event page provided in the weekly update or event emails.

Marco Vicenzino heads Global Strategy Project, which focuses on geopolitical forecasting and risk and international business advisory. He serves as strategic advisor to senior executives, corporations and entities operating globally and has also advised on media and political campaigns internationally.  Vicenzino is a Euromoney Country Risk Expert.  Vicenzino has appeared in leading global media outlets including BBC, CNBC, CNN, Financial Times, New York Times and Reuters. He has serviced private and public sectors entities including Shell, HSBC, Barclays Capital, World Bank, NATO and the U.S. State Department.  Vicenzino is a graduate of Oxford University and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a regular keynote speaker, moderator and panelist at conferences internationally, particularly for organizations like YPO (Young Presidents Organization).  As an entrepreneur, he was a founding member and head of business development of a technology startup, MapNetwork, which sold for $37 million and absorbed into Nokia.  As an attorney admitted to the New York Bar, Vicenzino focused on international business transactions and government relations and taught International Law at American University in Washington, DC. Vicenzino was Deputy Executive Director for the Washington, DC office of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-US).  Vicenzino’s professional associations have included the Council on Foreign Relations, BMW Foundation, Aspen Institute, German Marshall Fund and many others.  His languages include Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and has provided on-air analysis and given speeches in these respective languages.  Marco Vicenzino is a member of the Asia Scotland Institute’s International Advisory Council and we have featured several of his articles on contemporary issues on our website.

George Filis, Ph.D. is an academic, consultant, geopolitical analyst and economist. An Adjunct Professor of DEREE – The American College of Greece (ACG), he teaches in the International Business Dpt. interdisciplinary courses on the field of European Political-Economic affairs and international business and history and geopolitics of the Middle East. A member of the academic board of the ACG-based Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs.  Filis is a visiting lecturer on issues of geopolitical and strategic developments in the Hellenic National Defence College, an official on an expert committee for the preparation of high level government planning, his particular field of expertise is IR,  amp and  diplomacy. He is affiliated to the Institute of Security and Defence Analysis (ISDA), the Academy for Strategic Analyses (ASA) and to the international consultant organization wikistrat, on the European and Energy Security Desks. He is also the director of AEGIS Publishing which operates the news portal “”. Dr Filis holds a PhD in Geopolitical Analysis from the University of Durham (UK), an MA in International Studies from the same University, while his BA in Economics was successfully completed in the ACG. He graduated from Athens College in 1994. Many of his articles, analyses and views appear on a regular basis to the electronic and printed media, Greek and foreign, while his academic work is being presented in international conferences, seminars, universities and military academies. His research interests focus on matters of geopolitical theory-analysis, on energy security and International Business, Eurasian affairs and the broader developments on the water axis Black Sea-Straits-Aegean-Eastern Mediterranean. He is about to publish a PhD thesis in Greek along with a book on the identity and politics of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey.

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