Yiannis Plakas

Yiannis Plakas is an independent political analyst who focuses on the Middle East. He holds a Master’s in Political Analysis from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Plakas has published articles on Middle Eastern affairs in Avgi, a daily Greek newspaper.

The Cyprus Question is On the Table

Jan 24, 2017

The Treaty of Guarantee has complicated the Cyprus issue and should be scrapped. Since the end of 2016, there has been intense diplomacy over the Cyprus issue. The aim is to reach a new agreement by early 2017. The recent moves are part of a negotiating process that started in...

Lebanon’s Crises Are Rooted in Saudi Arabia and Iran

Apr 02, 2015

The key to solving Lebanon’s multiple crises is rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran. On March 5, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam convened his cabinet for the first time since early February. Sessions were previously suspended over disputes concerning the mechanism that will be used in the decision-making process. While the meeting...

Iran-West Rapprochement: The Interim Agreement and Beyond

Jun 24, 2014

A final agreement between Iran and the West will benefit both sides politically and economically. In November 2013, Iran and the West signed an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program. It was the first successful negotiation between both parties after 35 years of fruitless diplomatic efforts, mutual suspicion and a hostile climate...