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AHI Noon Forum on “Debalkanizing the Balkans: Is There a Role for Greece?”
March 29, 2007—No. 21 (202) 785-8430

AHI Noon Forum on “Debalkanizing the Balkans: Is There a Role for Greece?”

WASHINGTON, DC—On March 15, 2007, AHI hosted a Noon Forum on “Debalkanizing the Balkans: Is There a Role for Greece?” presented by Professor Theodore Couloumbis, Senior Visiting Scholar for Onassis Foundation (USA) and a Policy Scholar with the Southeast Europe Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

In his presentation, Professor Couloumbis presented in part his research paper on “Debalkanizing the Balkans with the Kantian Theory of Democratic Peace” which was co-authored by him and his Intern Research Assistant Ergys Ramaj, prepared while the authors were at the Southeast Europe Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Please find the presentation at the following link:

Theodore A. Couloumbis, born in Thessaloniki in 1935, is professor of international relations at the University of Athens, Division of European and International Studies. He is also a Vice-President at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), after being Member of the Board of Directors and Director-General for several years.

During 1995-96 he was a senior fellow with the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. His work focuses on conflict resolution in the post-Cold War international setting and on aspects of Greek foreign policy.

He is co-author (with James H. Wolfe) of a well-known text book, International Relations: Power and Justice, Prentice Hall, 4th ed. 1990, author of US, Greece and Turkey: The Troubled Triangle (Praeger,1983) and co-editor of the new Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (Frank Cass and ELIAMEP). One of his recent publications is a co-edited volume entitled The Foreign Policies of the European Union's Mediterranean States and Applicant Countries in the 1990s (New York and London: St. Martin's/Macmillan, 1999).

He served as president of Eliamep in Athens (l993-95), president of the Institute for Balkan Studies in Thessaloniki (1988-90) and president of the Hellenic Society for International Law an International Relations (1985-87).

In the years 1965-83, Couloumbis was professor of international relations at the American University's School of International Service in Washington DC where he received several awards for outstanding teaching. From 1983 to 1989 he was professor of international relations at the School of Law of the University of Thessaloniki, moving to the University of Athens early in 1990.

In addition to his scholarly output, he is a regular columnist and frequent contributor to Kathimerini. He received his Bachelor of Arts and his Masters degrees political science, 1956 and 1958 respectively, from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in international relations from the American University in 1963.

A photograph from this event is attached.


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