Panayotis J. Tsakonas is Professor of International Relations, Security Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis. 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, Greece), NATO Research Fellow, post-doctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.
He has worked as Chief International Affairs Analyst for the weekly New Europe (1994-96), as Advisor on defense and strategic issues at the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense (1996-1998) and as Special Advisor at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs on security issues and on Greek-Turkish relations (1999-2003).
He served on the Scientific Board of the Hellenic Center for European Studies (EKEM) and on the Executive Board of the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), and as Research Associate at the Hellenic Institute for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), member of the Senate of the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) in Slovenia, Director of the MSc Program “Political, Economic and International Relations in the Mediterranean” and Head of the Department of Mediterranean Studies. He is co-director of the book series: International and European Studies (Gutenberg Publications) and co-editor of the academic journal: Etudes Helléniques/Hellenic Studies.
Prof. Tsakonas has published books, monographs and articles on International Relations theory, regional security issues, foreign policy analysis (FPA), Greek foreign and security policy and Greek-Turkish relations. His articles, book reviews and contributions in edited volumes have been published in several European countries, Canada, the United States and New Zealand, and in professional journals, including: Etudes Helléniques, Turkish Studies, Journal of Modern Hellenism, Journal of Southeast Europe and Black Sea Studies, Millennium, Politics: The Journal of the British Political Studies Association, Security Dialogue, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy etc.
His books/monographs include: National Security Strategy. Building the Greek Model for the Twenty-First Century (Papazissis, Athens, 2005, with Th. Dokos -in Greek), Multilateralism and Security Institutions in an Era of Globalization (Routledge, London and New York, 2007, co-editor), and European Security Institutions and Interstate Conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean. Parochial, Necessary or Insufficient? (Hellenic Center for European Studies Paper No. 10, September 2007, Athens). His book The Incomplete Breakthrough in Greek-Turkish Relations. Grasping Greece’s Socialization Strategy (Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, 2010) was nominated and short-listed for the “2010-11 Edmund Keeley Book Prize” by the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA).