Panayotis Tsakonas is Professor of International Relations, Security Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens. He also serves as Senior Research Fellow, Head of Program on Security at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). He studied political science, international relations and security studies at the Panteion University of Athens and Reading University, Great Britain. He has been Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations, Athens (1993-96), post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1998-99), NATO Research Fellow (1999-2000), Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Yale University (2003) and Academic Visitor at St Antony’s College, Oxford University (2015).
Professor Tsakonas has taught for fifteen years at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean and at various Universities and institutions in Greece, Turkey, United Kingdom, Germany, the United States and Canada. He worked as Special Advisor at the Ministries of National Defense (1996-1998) and Foreign Affairs (1999-2003), with particular assignments: Greek-Turkish relations, EU-Turkey relations, Greek-Turkish Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) enterprise etc. He also served as a member of the Academic/Scientific boards of various institutions in Greece and abroad (e.g. the European Organization for Security (EOS)-Brussels; the Senate of the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI)-Slovenia; the European Security and Defence College (ESDC)-Brussels) and as President of the BoD of the Center for Security Studies/KE.ME.A (2016-2018).
Professor Tsakonas has published books, monographs and articles on IR theory, regional security issues, Foreign Policy Analysis, Greek foreign and security policy and Greek-Turkish relations. His monographs, books, journal articles, book reviews and contributions in edited volumes have been published in Greek, English, German, French and Italian. His publications in professional journals include, inter alia: Etudes Helléniques, Turkish Studies, Journal of Modern Hellenism, Journal of Southeast Europe and Black Sea Studies, Millennium, Politics, Security Dialogue, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Welt Trends-Das Außenpolitische Journal etc. His book The Incomplete Breakthrough in Greek-Turkish Relations. Grasping Greece’s Socialization Strategy (Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, 2010) was nominated by the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA) for the “2010-11 Edmund Keeley Book Prize”.