Ioannis-Sotirios Ioannou was born and raised in Athens. He originates from Limassol and is currently based in Nicosia. He is a political scientist and works as the editor-in chief and columnist at Politis Newspaper (International News Department). He holds a BA and Masters in International and European Studies (University of Piraeus) and a BA in Journalism (Centre for General and Sports Journalism, KAR, Athens).
He has worked as a journalist for Greek, Cypriot and international publications and radio channels. He has published articles and analyses in scientific journals, and has served as an expert and associate for MPs in the Hellenic Parliament. His area of expertise covers international and regional conflicts, the Middle East, terrorism and security, as well as specific issues of diplomatic and military history and cultural affairs.
Zenonas Tziarras holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK where he taught World Politics. His doctoral thesis is titled, “Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Middle East under the AKP: a Neoclassical Realist Account.” He has been a non-resident Foreign Policy & Middle East Expert for the think tank Strategy International, an Analyst on Security & Turkey for The Europe Levant Observatory (TELO) at the Diplomatic Academy, University of Nicosia, among other institutions, and taught Greek-Turkish Relations, Strategy & War, and Global Security in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. He has also worked as an independent consultant on geopolitical risk analysis.
Between 2015 and 2017 he worked as an Associate Lecturer in Security & Diplomacy Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus campus, teaching modules on Geopolitics and International Security for the MA in Security & Diplomacy Studies and the LLM. Between 2017 and 2018 he completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus on “Transitional Political Systems in Foreign Policy Analysis: Neoclassical Realism and the case of Turkey”.
His expertise and research interests lie in Turkish politics and foreign policy, the international politics of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, International Relations theory, security & strategic studies, cyber-security, energy security, intrastate conflict (i.e. ethnic conflict and civil wars), and the polarity of the international system (international order). Zenonas is currently a Research Consultant with PRIO Cyprus Centre focusing on Eastern Mediterranean geopolitics.