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Mariaeugenia Benato

Mariaeugenia Benato is an external contributor at Vocal Europe. She is passionate about international security and she obtained a Master degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna, spending one year at the University of Essex (UK).

In April 2019, the U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio, Senior United States Senator, announced the establishment of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act[1]: a quadrilateral energy and defense agreement between the U.S., Israel, Greece and Cyprus.

Washington has never denied its interest in the region, particularly after the discovery of significant natural gas fields. However, it is reasonable to expect that a renewed American presence in the Eastern Mediterranean could raise reciprocal, economic and military reactions in the region[2].



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[2] Daily Sabah (2019) Turkey’s rights in East Med unquestionable, Erdoğan says. May.


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