The Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy

ELIAMEP (Greece)

ELIAMEP is a private, independent, non-profit-making research and training institute in Athens. 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. Our 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



Contact :

Elizabeth Phocas

Director of Operations

Tel: 30 – 210 72 57 110

Fax: 30 – 210-72 57 114

Tel: (+30) 2107257110

The team

Panayotis Tsakonas


Senior Research Fellow


Security Programme

Panayotis Tsakonas is Professor of International Relations and Security Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).

He has been 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). He 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 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 publications include: Creating Conditions of Stability in Southeastern Europe. Prospects for an Arms Control Regime, Fellows Research Papers Series, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1999); Multilateralism and Security Institutions in the Era of Globalization (Routledge, London and New York, 2008); The Incomplete Breakthrough in Greek-Turkish Relations. Grasping Greece’s Socialization Strategy (Palgrave, New York, 2010).

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


Research Associate

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; 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 safeguards verification 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 the IAEA, and scientific advisor of the Permanent Diplomatic Mission of Greece to the international organisations in Vienna

Received the IAEA Merit Award for Outstanding Performance (1997) and the IAEA Team-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
Tel: 30-210-7257110
Fax: 30-210-7257114
Dr. George Tzogopoulos is Bodossaki post-doctoral fellow at ELIAMEP and website editor. He is currently completing his second book on the coverage of the Greek crisis by the media to be published by Ashgate in October 2012. George obtained his doctorate in Social Sciences (Media & Communication Studies) from Loughborough University in November 2008. His PhD thesis, which was implemented with an American Studies scholarship of IKY, will be published as a monograph entitled US Foreign Policy in the European Media: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism by IB TAURIS in April 2012. George has taught propaganda at Loughborough University and has co-operated as a researcher with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Ηe speaks English, French, German and Italian
  • Transatlantic relations
  • international security
Alexandros Kolovos
Tel: 0030 2109933666
Brigadier-General Alexandros Kolovos (Hellenic Air Force, ret.) holds a doctorate degree in International and European Studies and  has been the Head of Hellenic National Centre for Space Applications for 14 years. An acknowledged expert on Space policy issues, he proposed and managed inter alia: the participation of the Hellenic Republic to the BOC initiative (Besoins Opérationnels Communs), and to both Helios 2 and MUSIS programmes (2003-06); the formulation of the “European Security and Defence Policy and Space” study, from which the importance of space applications and functions was recognized by the EU Council (2003); the participation to the European Commission’s Green Paper process on the future of the EU in space (2002); and the formulation of the Western European Union’s Space policy (1998). Currently he teaches ‘Space Applications’ in the Air Force Academy.
  • Space Policy
  • Space Security
  • EU Common Policy for Security and Defence