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Vivi Kefala is Assistant 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.

Panayotis J. Tsakonas is Associate Professor of International Relations and Security and Head of the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. 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, as Advisor on defense and strategic issues at the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense and as Special Advisor at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served on the Scientific Board of the Hellenic Center for European Studies (EKEM), on the Executive Board of the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), as Research Associate at the Hellenic Institute for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and as Director of the MSc Program: “Political, Economic and International Relations in the Mediterranean”, Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean. He now serves as co-director of the book series: International and European Studies (Gutenberg Publications), co-editor of the academic journal: Etudes Helléniques/Hellenic Studies and member of the Senate of the “Euro-Mediterranean University” (EMUNI), Slovenia.

Professor Tsakonas has published books, monographs and articles on IR theory, regional security issues (with emphasis on the Mediterranean region), 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, China and New Zealand, and in professional journals, including: Etudes Helléniques, Journal of Modern Hellenism, Politics, Security Dialogue, Journal of Southeast Europe and Black Sea Studies, Turkish Studies, Millennium, Global Review, 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 last 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 (MGSA) for the “Edmund Keeley Book Prize”.