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George Kalpadakis

Visiting Scholar 2021-2022

Residency Dates: March 3 - June 3, 2022


George Kalpadakis

George Kalpadakis is an assistant researcher at the Modern Greek History Research Center of the Academy of Athens (KEINE). His research interests lie in the fields of foreign policy and diplomatic relations in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) he will continue his research on small European states under crisis conditions and the tools they employ to offset the mounting costs of dependency to their core shelter.

He is a research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and has been a visiting scholar at the Center of Development Studies at University of Cambridge.

Kalpadakis has held numerous positions in the Greek government, including as chief of staff of the deputy prime minister, coordinator of the Government Council of Economic Policy, and chief of staff of the Minister of Finance as well as adviser to the deputy speaker of Parliament and chairman of the subcommittee on the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly.

He has taught at University of Crete and University of Thrace. He holds degrees from University College London (UCL), The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and University of Athens.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Shackled by shelters: The limits of refuge-seeking in Greece's EU entanglement


International Relations
Political Science

Areas of Expertise

European Union
  • Foreign Policy
  • Small States


Kalpadakis, George. 'Demographic engineering and the Unionist legacy, From Empire to Nation-States: Population Displacements and Multiple Mobilities in the Late Ottoman Empire,' ed. Bettina Severin-Barboutie and Catherine Horel (Brill: Leiden 2022).

Kalpadakis, George. “Deactivating the Macedonian “torpedo”: Greek-Yugoslav relations during the Cold War, Borders in Southeast Europe.' Südosteuropa - Jahrbuch Vol. 45, eds. Jutta Lauth Bacas and Christoph Neumann. (Peter Lang: Bern 2022).

Kalpadakis, George. 'The Turkish factor in Greek foreign policy: from the fringes to the independent Republic of Cyprus (1954-1963).' Neoellinika Istorika, v. 6 (2021), pp. 113-133.

Kalpadakis, George. 'The Macedonian Issue, 1962-1995. From silence to popular diplomacy.' (Kastaniotis 2012, 2014, 2017). *Recipient of the Academy of Athens Award