Address by the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou, at the presentation of the book by Mr Ioannis Mazis, Professor of Geopolitics
“The times we live in, perhaps more than ever, require no line ideologies, nor bogus knowledge. They require solid knowledge and evidence-based analyses — even if there is no convergence of views or consensus”, stressed, inter alia, the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou yesterday, during the presentation of the latest book by Mr Ioannis Mazis, Professor of Geopolitics at the University of Athens, entitled “Geopolitical issues in the wider Middle East and the Mediterranean”.
“In this context, we are here today not to agree or to disagree, but, first and foremost, to listen to meditate, to comprehend. For, we have a bad habit in our country, that of acting in too great haste, either adopting or rejecting a point of view on the basis of the possibility of identification with the one or the other point of view”, noted the Regional Governor of Attica, pursuing that: “Ignorance leads to irresponsibility— something extremely dangerous in a critical period such as the one our wider neighbourhood is currently experiencing. A period of structural upheaval in the geographical area encompassing the South East Mediterranean and the wider Middle East.”
At a “time which requires responsibility and seriousness”, we must address the challenges ahead with the aid of two tools. “Firstly, knowledge, due to the sophistication and complexity of the ongoing phenomena. And, secondly, method, namely, a strict approach based on the 4 pillars of geopolitical analysis — defence/security, economy, politics, culture, while taking into account new elements resulting from new factors such as energy, technology, demography, climate change or migration/refugee crisis’.
The Regional Governor of Attica explained that today the Regions of Europe play an increasingly important role, thus emerging as ‘key policy makers’. “Local and regional authorities are hence invited to respond to phenomena related to handling/addressing complex issues such as the migrant/refugee crisis, which in turn relate to developments in the wider Middle East, whether the civil war of Syria or that of Yemen or the Palestinian issue” observed the Regional Governor of Attica.
Referring to the Region of Attica, the Regional Governor of Attica pointed out that “This is a Mediterranean, European Region, at a key geostrategic position — a gateway to the Balkans and Europe via the port of Piraeus”. “Therefore, the maintenance of this position but also the tackling of phenomena such as the migrant/refugee crisis require both the holistic understanding of the ongoing process in the Eastern Mediterranean and the wider Middle East and the decoding of this knowledge, in order to develop appropriate policies that would contribute to the security and stability of the Region and the Country”.
The Regional Governor of Attica also referred herself to the time in which this book was presented, “in an explosive situation, in the aftermath of President Erdogan’s visit to our country and at a moment when President Trump decided on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — a USA decision of major impact which might lead to a series of chain developments in the wider region”.