The Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy

ELIAMEP (Greece)

ELIAMEP is a private, independent, non-governmental, nonprofit think tank, in Athens, Greece. Its mission is to conduct policy-oriented research and provide policy makers, academics and the public at large with authoritative information and substantiated policy recommendations, to contribute to the development of evidence-based responses to major European and foreign policy challenges.Both at home and abroad, it is recognized as one of the leading think tanks on European and foreign policy affairs in Greece. It has a rich track record in research activities and constantly joins new international projects, aimed at producing evidence-based policy responses to address major challenges of our times. In addition, ELIAMEP disseminates the knowledge it produces, both among relevant stakeholders as well as the wider public, through information and awareness-raising activities, such as publications, international conferences, specialized training seminars, public discussions and lectures, online debates, etc. ELIAMEP’s areas of expertise include European political and economic integration and the future of Europe; transatlantic relations; security and international relations; conflict resolution and prevention; democracy and civic participation; migration and multiculturalism; energy; the media; human rights; climate change and sustainable development; and, regional developments in Greece’s wider neighbourhood, including the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, the Black Sea and the Caucasus, with special emphasis on Greek-Turkish relations and Cyprus.

Contact information

The Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy – ELIAMEP

Vassilisis Sofias 49
Athens 10676


Point of Contact

Elizabeth Phocas

Director of Operations

Tel.: (+30) 2107257110

The team

Panayotis Tsakonas

Senior Research Fellow, Head, Foreign Policy & Security Programme, ELIAMEP; Professor, University of Athens


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 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). He has also worked as Special Advisor at the Ministries of National Defense (1996-1998) and Foreign Affairs (1999-2003).

Professor Tsakonas has served as a member of the Academic/Scientific boards of various institutions in Greece and abroad and as President of the BoD of the Center for Security Studies/KE.ME.A (2016-2018).

He has taught for fifteen years at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean and at various Universities and institutions in Greece, Turkey, Great Britain, Germany, the United States and Canada.

His monographs, books, articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, and contributions in edited volumes have been published in Greek, English, German, French and Italian. He has authored/co-authored and edited/co-edited ten books. His book: The Incomplete Breakthrough in Greek-Turkish Relations. Grasping Greece’s Socialization Strategy (Palgrave-Macmillan, New York, 2010) was nominated by the Modern Greek Studies Association for the “Edmund Keeley Book Prize”.

  • International security
  • Regional security (Eastern Mediterranean)
  • Conventional Arms controls
  • Greek national security strategy
  • Turkish foreign policy

Dimitris Iliopoulos

Research Associate, ELIAMEP; Ambassador (ad.hon.), Principal Advisor European External Action Service


Born in Athens. University studies: Political Science Degree at Panteion University of Athens, Law Degree at Athens Kapodistriakon University, Human Rights Studies Diploma at the Strasbourg International Institute for HR.  Diplomat at the Greek MFA having served at former Yugoslavia, Turkey , Geneva (UN) and as Ambassador of Greece at the UAE, Albania and the Permanent Delegation to the EU (Coreper I). Ambassador of NATO at Tirana. Principal Advisor for Disarmament at the EEAS (Brussels), EU Ambassador at Geneva (UN) and the International Organisations in The Hague. Participated in various important international conferences (including OSCE, UNGA-1st Committee) and author/translator of several books of the international literature.
  • Counter -Proliferation

Pantelis Ikonomou

Research Associate, ELIAMEP; Former Inspector, International Atomic Energy Agency


Pantelis Ikonomou holds a PhD in nuclear physics of the University of Vienna, Austria .

Worked in the nuclear research reactors in Austria and Greece (1967-1979) .

Senior Officer of the International Atomic Energy Agency –IAEA– (1979-2011); inspector in non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and expert in combatting nuclear terrorism  .

Was trained in the most advanced nuclear facilities and laboratories in USA, former Soviet Union, United Kingdom and France.

Headed numerous inspections of nuclear facilities and materials around the world  .

Coordinated the international programme for the nuclear security of the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece .

Trained IAEA inspectors on nuclear safeguardsverification techniques, as well as international security officers on combatting nuclear terrorism .

Wrote numerous confidential reports on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, curried out pertinent technical studies and published nuclear research papers and relevant articles in international media.

Represented the IAEA in international conferences and expert meetings.

Since 2012, Alternate to the Resident Representative of Greece to theIAEA, and scientific advisor of thePermanent Diplomatic Mission of Greece to the international organisations in Vienna.

Received the IAEA Merit Award for Outstanding Performance (1997) and the IAEATeam-Work-Award (2005)

IAEA DG ElBaradei and the IAEA staff were awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace (2005).

  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policies
  • Nuclear Arms Control
  • Nuclear Weapons

George Tzogopoulos

Senior Research Fellow, ELIAMEP


Dr George N. Tzogopoulos (Ph.D. Loughborough University, UK, 2009) is an expert in media, international relations and Chinese affairs. He is Senior Fellow at ELIAMEP, Director of EU-China Programs and Lecturer at the European Institute of Nice (Centre international de formation européenne, CIFE), Lecturer in International Relations at the Democritus University of Thrace and Fellow at the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) in Israel. George is the author of three books: US Foreign Policy in the European Media: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism (IB TAURIS), The Greek Crisis in the Media: Stereotyping in the International Press (Ashgate) and The Miracle of China: The New Symbiosis with the World (Springer and China Social Sciences Press). He has also edited a special CIFE e-book about The EU and the Eastern Mediterranean: The Multilateral Dialogue Option which includes a prologue by Ambassador  Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut

George has systematically (since 2010) cooperated with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) representing Greece, and has carried out several ELIAMEP research programs under the aegis NATO Public Diplomacy Division. He is also the Co-convener of Israel-Hellenic Forum under the umbrella of B’nai B’rith International and his work regularly appears in national and international media. George has received scholarships by the State Scholarship Foundation-IKY in American Studies (upon pan-Hellenic examinations to conduct his doctoral studies), by the Hellenic Navy (to write the history of the National Fleet Fund, an essay published by the Hellenic Observatory of LSE) and by the Bodossaki Foundation (to conduct research about the coverage of the Greek economic crisis by the media at ELIAMEP). He has been selected as ‘young leader’ by China’s Diplomatic Academy and is an alumnus of the US Department of State after participating in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) about US Foreign Policy in 2019.

George’s recent ELIAMEP essays about China and the World During the COVID-19 PandemicGreece, China and the 17+1 InitiativeThe Digital Markets Act: Between European Autonomy and Transatlantic Cooperation, and The Way Forward in Greek-Russian Relations have been selected in the think tank review of the Council of the EU.

  • Transatlantic relations
  • International security