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.
Dr. Georgios K. Filis, Ph. D. is Assistant Professor of International Relations and Strategy in the Ledra College, Nikosia where he teaches interdisciplinary courses in the fields of European Political & Economic affairs, International Relations and International Political Economy, he is also a Professor in the International Baccalaureate Diploma of the Hellenic American Educational Foundation (Athens-Psychico College). Dr. Filis is a visiting Professor of geostrategic issues and energy security in the Hellenic National Defence College and of geostrategic issues in the postgraduate program of the Faculty of Turkish Studies & Modern Asian Studies of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. Dr. Filis acts also as a scientific & policy advisor of relevant issues & government planning on top political-executive level.
Dr. Filis is a member of the Athens-based Academy for Strategic Analyses and Institute for Security & Defence Analysis, he acts as a contributing expert (European Affairs and Energy Security desk) at the international consultancy organization Wikistrat, and he is the director of AEGIS Publishing which operates the news portal “www.defence-point.gr”. His research interests and publications focus on matters of geopolitical theory & analysis, geoeconomics & energy security, and the developments on the Black Sea-Straits-Aegean-Eastern Mediterranean maritime axis and its broader space.
Dr. Filis holds a Ph.D. (2010) in International Relations focusing in the systemic geopolitical analysis of the quadrangle Greece-Turkey-Russia-West from Durham University (UK), while he holds a Masters Degree (2003) in International Studies from the same University and a Bachelors Degree (2002) in Economics from Deree-The American College of Greece. He graduated from Athens College in 1994.