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.



Dr. Charalampos Tsardanidis is the Director of the Institute of  International Economic Relations, Athens  since 1993 and until recently  (before his retirement) Prof. of
international relations at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean .His research interests focus on the external relations of EU, foreign policy analysis
and nternational Political Economy.He taught at the Panteion University, University of Piraeus, Ηarokopio University, University of Athens, University of Peloponnese. Author  of twelve books and co-editor   of ten. He has published more than one hundred articles in edited volumes and in scientific journals including European Review of Foreign Affairs, European Review  of International Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Journal of Area Studies, Geopolitics, Ethnopolitics, Southern European Yearbook, Le Courrier des Pays de l’ Est, Perceptions, Hellenic Studies, and others.
E-mail: [email protected]


Heads of Programmes

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).
E- mail: [email protected]


Vivi Kefala is Professor of International Relations in the Middle East and North Africa. She taught at the Department of Mediterranean Studies at the University of the Aegean. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Université de Droit d'Economie et des Sciences Sociales de Paris (Paris II).
She has written articles in academic journals and chapters in edited volumes on issues concerning the wider Middle East and North Africa, as well as US and USSR/Russia policy in this region.
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Anthony Deriziotis is a Lecturer on Turkey and the Middle East at the Department of Turkish and Modern Asian studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (since
2010). Formerly Research Associate at the Hellenic Parliamenτ (2006-2009) and teaching staff at the Dep. of Turkish and Modern Asian studies (2005-2010). His research interests and publications cover Turkish domestic and foreign policy and focus on Turkey’s relations with the United States and the Middle East, and the Kurdish issue.
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image002Plamen Tonchev is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Asia Unit. Plamen publishes extensively on relations between Europe and Asia.
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image003Dr. Stelios Stavridis is Associate Senior Fellow.
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Dr. Ioanna Anastasopoulou is Head of the Unit of International Business Studies since 1993. Her main research topics are Commercial Law and International Business Law.
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Effie Charalampaki is the Head of the Research Program on the Theory and Practice of International Relations at the Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER). She is a researcher in the East Asia Research Group in the International Politics Research Program at the Institute of International Relations (IDIS) in Athens. She was the founder and Head of the International Relations Theory Working Group at IDIS. She has pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in the USA, where she also worked at the Greek embassy in Washington, D.C. Her research interests focus on theory building, systems theory, the theory of International Relations and how it informs foreign policy processes, international and European security, globalization and regionalism, global governance, world order-disorder processes, methodological pluralism, the Eastern Mediterranean and Japan.
E-mail: [email protected]


image005(1)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.
E-mail: [email protected]




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.