The Institute of International Economic Relations was established in February 1993 by the Greek Association of S.A. & Ltd companies.
The Institute’s main objectives are:
  • To conduct research on the most significant contemporary issues in international economy paying special attention to the international economic relations of Greece.
  • To provoke and enrich the public debate in business, academic and political circles.
  • To put its expertise and consulting capability at the service of private and national institutions that determine the foreign economic affairs of Greece.

The means by which the objectives of the Institute are pursued are:

  • Scientific studies and research projects undertaken directly by the Institute.
  • Publication of research findings (books – monographs – journals – occasional and discussion papers).
  • Holding international and national conferences, seminars, symposiums, lectures and public debates.
  • Co-operation with governmental agencies as well as with public and private bodies for the exchange of information and the study of specific subjects.
  • Development of close co-operation with Universities, Institutes and Research Centres.
  • Conducting of training and educational programmes.
  • Provision of facilities for visiting Fellows.
  • Development and maintenance of a Research Library and a Documentation Centre.


The research programmes of IIER focus mainly on the following areas:

  • Problems and prospects of the international political economy.
  • Globalisation and Regionalism.
  • Analysis of the Greek economic diplomacy and foreign economic relations.
  • Promotion of Greek exports and investments abroad.
  • Study of economic relations and prospects of Greece’s cooperation with South Eastern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, African and Asian countries.

Board of Directors


Dr. Charalampos Tsardanidis is the Director of the Institute of International Economic Relations since 1993. His work focuses mainly on the External Relations of the EU, interregionalism, the analysis of foreign policy and economic diplomacy.



John Sakkas, Head of Mediterranean Studies Unit, is Professor of History and Geopolitics in the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Greece, specializing in the Mediterranean and the Middle East after World War II. He has published books and numerous articles in specialist and generalist journals (e.g. Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Études Helléniques/Hellenic Studies, Thetis) and has contributed to a number of volumes. He has also lectured in European Universities through  Erasmus+. He is an active participant in numerous professional associations (Greek Society of Historians, Royal Historical Society, Modern Greek Studies Association etc.). He is a University of the Aegean member of the Executive Board of the European Defense and Security College and temporarily participates in the design, evaluation and monitor of European research programs in Brussels and EE member states (Italy, Denmark, Cyprus, Greece).

image002Plamen Tonchev is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Asia Unit. Plamen publishes extensively on relations between Europe and Asia.




image003Dr. Stelios Stavridis is Associate Senior Fellow




image004Dr. Ioanna Anastasopoulou is Head of the Unit of International Business Studies since 1993. Her main research topics are Commercial Law and International Business Law.




image005(1)Mrs Stella Milioti is working at the Institute since the summer of 1998, as the head of the Secretariat of the Institute. She is also responsible of the Public Relations Office of IIER




Documentation Center

The Documentation Centre was founded in 1993 and offers high-quality services to Greek experts and researchers in the area of international economics. The Centre includes a collection of books, scientific articles as well as selected excerpts from the Greek and international Press. It also offers access to databases and the Internet, facilitation with CD-ROMs and maintains a database on recent international economic developments and the Greek business activity abroad.