Greek Foreign Policy (after the Second World War)

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Topics: A brief introduction to the history of Greek foreign policy – a brief introduction to the international setting of the Cold War – the ideological context of Greek foreign policy – from the ‘peril from the North’ to the ‘threat from the East’: the shifting priorities of national security - the Greek national claims after World War II – Greece and the Western Alliance – Greek-American relations – the Cyprus Question – Greek-Turkish relations – Greece’s relations with its Balkan neighbours – the course towards European integration – domestic factors and foreign policy: the concept of ‘political cost’

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completing this course, students are expected to • understand the framework of foreign policy formulation and implementation in the case of Greece, a small state within a variable international environment (e.g., bipolarity at the global level, national antagonisms at the peripheral level); • understand the role of domestic factors in foreign policy formulation and implementation of a small state; • understand the role of material factors (e.g., hard power) as well as of culture and ideas in foreign policy formulation and implementation of states in general; • grasp the facts regarding the most salient issues of Greek foreign policy after World War II; • critically approach ‘established’ and common perceptions of the international position and foreign policy of Greece.


Βιβλιογραφία μαθήματος (Εύδοξος)

  1. Κωνσταντίνος Σβολόπουλος  Η ελληνική εξωτερική πολιτική, 1945-1981  Βιβλιοπωλείον της «Εστίας», Ι.Δ. Κολλάρου και Σιας Α.Ε, 2002
  2. Ιωάννης Στεφανίδης Ασύμμετροι εταίροι: Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες και η Ελλάδα στον Ψυχρό Πόλεμο  Σ. Πατάκης Α.Ε., 2002