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Department of Political Science and Public Administration


Post: Associate Professor

Section: International and European Studies

Expertise: International Relations


Contact information

Office telephone: 210 368 8952

Electronic mail: ekaviath[at]yahoo[dot]gr

Office address: 6 Themistokleous Street, 4th floor, office 27

Office hours: 


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Biographical details

Assistant Professor of International Relations (BA, School of Philosophy, University of Athens - MA, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London – PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Specialisation: History of International Relations, Diplomacy, Area studies (Turkey), U.S. Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis.

Ekavi Athanassopoulou’s research interests include

  • Contemporary Turkish foreign policy and diplomacy (particularly relations with the U.S. and Israel.)
  • Contemporary U.S. diplomacy and relations with the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (particularly relations with Turkey, Greece, Israel).
  • Contemporary Greek diplomacy and foreign policy.
  • Transatlantic relations
  • Culture and foreign policy.

She has published in numerous journals including Journal of Middle East Policy, Orient, Middle Eastern Studies, Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, The International Spectator, The World Today. She is the author of, Turkey, Anglo-American Security Interests 1945-1952; The First Enlargement of NATO (London, Frank Cass, 1999); Strategic Relations Between the U.S. and Turkey, 1979-2000: Sleeping With a Tiger (London, Routledge, 2014). She is the editor of Fighting Organized Crime in Southeast Europe (London, Routledge, 2005); United in Diversity?European Integration and Political Cultures (London, I.B. Tauris, 2008).

Ekavi Athanassopoulou is a member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) (USA) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (London), having previously served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Mediterranean Politics (London) (2002 - 2010).

Ekavi Athanassopoulou is Research Fellow of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Research Associate of the International Programme of Southeast Europe, LSE Ideas, London School of Economics. She previously taught at the University of Limerick (Ireland) and worked for the Athens News Agency as foreign correspondent in Ankara. She has been Research Associate at the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has held appointments as Visiting Scholar at the University of Bilgi (Istanbul), as German Marshall Fund of the USA European Fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy (Los Angeles), as Visiting Scholar at the Kokkalis Program, on Southeastern and East-Central Europe at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University and as Visiting Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as at the Western European Union Institute for Security Studies (Paris).

She has been the recipient of a scholarship for studying abroad by the University of Athens, of the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) scholarship by the U.S. Department of State and has received many research grants including a grant by the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute.

Since the academic year 2006-7 she has been academic co-ordinator at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration for the ERASMUS programme for the mobility of university students.

Ekavi Athanassopoulou teaches the following courses:


  • Introduction to International Relations
  • International Relations
  • Political History of the U.S.
  • Greek-Turkish Relations


  • The Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East