Are Gas Deposits in the Mediterranean Worth a War?

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The discovery of large gas deposits has refueled decades-old territorial disputes in the Mediterranean.  In late July, Turkey announced it was dispatching a survey ship near a contested area around the Greek island of Kastellorizo, known as Meis in Turkey.  The announcement caused an international stir when both NATO allies put their militaries on alert.

As tensions have risen, improvements in exploration and extraction technology, coupled with growing international energy demands have driven riskier confrontations among Mediterranean neighbors.   

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