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Research Program on the Theory and Practice of International Relations

The Research Program on the Theory and Practice of International Relations highlights the application of theory to the analysis and interpretation of international politics and the current affairs in the field of International Political Economy. Its researchers, visiting scientists and scientific advisors examine novel ways with which the theoretical-epistemological underpinnings and methodological tools of International Relations could be applied to the interpretation and possible prediction of geopolitical and geoeconomic issues. They research and analyze critical, emergent phenomena in the international system, that foster challenges in the areas of: international and regional stability and security; nation-states’ foreign policy; global economy and regional/interregional cooperation; global markets operations; effectiveness and adaptability of international organizations; and forward-looking aspects of global governance.

Its main strategic focus areas are:
• International Politics
• Foreign Policy Analysis
• International Security and Strategy
• Energy Security
• Globalization and Regionalism
• International Political Economy
• International Economic Exchanges
• Economic Diplomacy
• Global and Digital Governance
• International Organizations
• EU Foreign and Security Policy
• Non-State Actors and Transnational Phenomena
• Migration and Refugee Flows
• Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability
• Technology and Innovation

The Research Program is supervised by a Scientific Committee which is chaired by Dr. Charalampos Tsardanidis (Director of the Institute of International Economic Relations) and is comprised of the following distinguished scholars:
Kostas Ifantis (Professor, Panteion University & Director of the Institute of International Relations, Athens)
Foteini Asderaki (Associate Professor, University of Piraeus, Chair of the European and Security Defence College Doctoral School & Jean Monnet Chair)
Panagiotis Tsakonas (Professor, University of Athens)
Dimitris Triantaphyllou (Director of the Center for International and European Studies at Kadir Has University & Professor, Panteion University -under appointment)
Konstantinos Hazakis (Professor, Democritus University of Thrace)
Asteris Chouliaras (Professor, University of the Peloponnese)
Kyriakos Mikelis (Assistant Professor, University of Macedonia).

Head of the Research Program: Effie Charalampaki ([email protected])

The Researchers of the Program are:
Effie Charalampaki (Head of Research, Institute of International Economic Relations)
Kostas Pechynakis (University of Crete, Democritus University of Thrace)
George Fragkos (University of the Aegean)
Nefeli Athanasaki (University of Piraeus)
Zisis Veloukas (University of Cologne, Germany)
Vaya Palatou (Panteion University)
Petros Karagounis (Panteion University)
Valasis Simitsis (University of the Aegean)