Zenonas Tziarras

Senior Researcher

Zenonas Tziarras
Zenonas Tziarras left PRIO in 2022. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.


Zenonas Tziarras holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK where he taught World Politics and specialized in Turkish foreign policy and the Middle East. He has collaborated with a number of institutions in Cyprus and abroad as an analyst and taught Greek-Turkish Relations, Strategy & War, and Global Security in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. He holds a BA in Mediterranean Studies & International Relations from the University of the Aegean, Greece, and an MA in International Relations & Strategic Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK.

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 Neoclassical Realist Foreign Policy Analysis and 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, intrastate conflict, and the polarity of the international system (international order). He is a frequent media commentator, authors popular articles, and participates in the editorial board of the New Middle Eastern Studies journal.

Zenonas co-edited a volume on the foreign policy of the Republic of Cyprus [in Greek] and co-authored a book on Turkish foreign policy in the Eastern Mediterranean [in Greek]. Among other projects, he is currently working on three more edited volumes on Cypriot foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, and the Eastern Mediterranean respectively as well as on a monograph on Neoclassical Realism and Turkish foreign policy.

At the PCC he is focusing his research on the geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean.


The following publications are specific to the PRIO Middle East Centre. A more complete list is available at www.prio.org.

All Publications

Edited Volume

Tziarras, Zenonas (ed.) (2022) The Foreign Policy of the Republic of Cyprus: Local, Regional and International Dimensions. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean.

Popular Article

Tziarras, Zenonas (2019) Trump’s Withdrawal from Syria: Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Turkey Institute, 16 January.

PRIO Report

Ioannou, Ioannis Sotirios; & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) What Peace for Syria? Spheres of Influence, the Sunni Opposition and the Day After, Re-imagining the Eastern Mediterranean Series: PCC Report, 5. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

PRIO Policy Brief

Tziarras, Zenonas (2022) The Ukraine War and Turkey as a “Third Pole” in a New International Order, PRIO Cyprus Centre Policy Brief, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Ioannou, Ioannis Sotirios & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) Turning the Tide in Libya: Rival Administrations in a New Round of Conflict, PRIO Cyprus Centre Policy Brief, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.