The Institute of International Relations is the result of long-standing efforts to create a body to coordinate the research and training work of international students of the Department of International and European Studies of the Panteion University while creating the right environment for the development of cooperation with similar institutions abroad.
IDI, founded in 1989 at the initiative of Professor Dimitris Konsta, is a Research Institute of University (EPI), which is a member of the Panteion University and is linked to the Department of International and European Studies, maintaining wide administrative and financial autonomy.
The Institute's objective is to advance understanding of world issues in the areas of international politics, security, business and economics, especially in the often neglected area of the Balkans and, generally, southeastern Europe. Specifically, the I.I.R. seeks to generate new ideas and perspectives in its areas of competence through ongoing research programs, training activities, seminars, conferences, and relevant publications. It seeks to contribute constructively on the dialogue regarding Greek foreign policy and security considerations in Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East. Last, but not least, it seeks to foster the development of relevant networks among academics, international relations specialists, policymakers, members of the media, and students.
The I.I.R’s main objectives include: Promoting research and activity in the field of International Relations, Politics, Security and Defense, Democratization and Human Rights, as well as Economics with a special focus on the European Union, Southeastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East region. Generating new ideas and perspectives in its areas of competence through ongoing research programs, training activities, seminars, conferences, and relevant publications. Fostering the development of relevant networks among Academics, Diplomats, Policymakers, and Students. Providing the Department of International and European St