Vivi Kefala is Professor of International Relations in the Middle East, at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. She studied Political Science and International Relations at the Panteion University of Athens. She did her post-graduate studies in Political Sociology (Université de Paris X, Nanterre) and in Political Sciences – International Relations (Université de Droit d’Economie et de Sciences Sociales de Paris, Paris II) and she received her Ph.D. in International Relations from Université de Paris II. She also followed post-graduate courses at the University of Louvain La-Neuve in Belgium (1989).
She worked as an foreign policy and international affairs analyst at the National Hellenic Radio (1985–2007), and she served as scientific advisor at the publication of “Great History of 20th Century” and at the renewed edition of the encyclopedia “Domi”. She has also served as a Research Fellow at the Panteion University, Faculty of International and European Studies (1985–1989) and a member of the Institute of International Relations, Panteion University. She is a member of the Hellenic Society of International Law and International Relations and she now serves as the Director of the Center for Mediterranean and Middle-eastern Policy and Culture (KEMMEP).
Professor Kefala has published books, monographs and articles on the United States and Russia policies in the Middle East, the Palestinian Question, the Turkish policy in the Middle East, on the issue of Lebanon, the Iraqi Question, the political Islam and on regional security issues in the Balkans. Her books, contributions in edited volumes and articles have been published in Greece, France, the United States and Canada and in professional journals, including: Hellenic Studies/Etudes Helléniques, Middle East Forum etc.
Her books/monographs include: Iran: Policy, Economy and International Relations (Papazissis, Athens, 2014 [in Greek, coeditor with Charalambos Tsardanides]; L’évolution de la Question Libanaise. Les Facteurs Déterminants (L’Harmattan, Paris, 2011), Kossovo: The Image of War and the Post-Milosevitch Era (Sideris Publ., Athens, 2001 [in Greek, with Christodoulos Yallourides]. She is now completing a book-length manuscript on North Africa: Internal, Regional and International Politics.