Goldstein Discusses Greek Geopolitics and Foreign Policy on LSE Panel

On October 28, 2021, Erik Goldstein, Professor of International Relations and History at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, participated in a virtual roundtable hosted by the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics and Political Science on geopolitics and foreign policy of Greece. This event coincides with the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence, which began in 1821.

The event, titled “The Geopolitics of Greece: continuities and discontinuities,” featured Goldstein as well as Konstantina Botsiou, Associate Professor and Director of KEDIS at the University of the Peloponnese, as well as George Prevelakis, Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne University and Permanent Representative of Greece at the OECD. The discussion was moderated by Spyros Economides, Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics, LSE. The panel examined to what extent the intersection of geography and politics accounts for Greece’s external relations and to what extent it provides a useful link in understanding Greece’s international position in 1821 and the 21st Century.

In his remarks, Goldstein touched on the creation of the modern Greek state, the many labels Greece has been given throughout history, Great Power involvement in the region, as well as the balancing of Greece’s relationships with China and the United States.

A recording of the panel can be viewed below.

Erik Goldstein’s research interests include diplomacy, formulation of national diplomatic strategies, the origins and resolution of armed conflict, and negotiation. He is the author of Winning the Peace: British Diplomatic Strategy, Peace Planning, and the Paris Peace Conference, 1916-1920 (1991); Wars and Peace Treaties (1992); and The First World War’s Peace Settlements: International Relations, 1918 – 1925 (2002, Italian translation, 2004). To learn more about Erik, read his faculty profile