Anyone who has visited tiny Bard College in the Hudson River Valley can attest it’s the last place you would expect to find a wise down-to-earth professor of foreign affairs such as Walter Russell Mead. (The school still has an Alger Hiss Chair of History!)
Take a look at Mead’s superb summing up of the new alignment between Greece, Russia, Israel, and the island of Cyprus.
[Here is a map of the area. In NE Greece, there are three "fingers" coming down; Mount Athos (twenty monasteries with 2,000 monks) is on the easternmost one].