Anastasios Panoutsopoulos

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Hellenic Studies, funded by the Paul Sarbanes ’54 Fund for Hellenism and Public Service

  • Degree
    Ph.D., Contemporary History, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2022
    Dissertation
    Greece, Cyprus and the Congo Crisis, 1960-1964
    Research Project
    Greece’s China Policy: The Exceptional Case of a Small Western State
Contact Info

Anastasios Panoutsopoulos is a historian of Contemporary Greece, specializing in Greek foreign policy. Anastasios earned his PhD from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens under the supervision of Prof. Evanthis Hatzivassiliou. During his doctoral studies he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University (2018-2019) and a Hellenic Observatory Visiting Research Student at the European Institute, London School of Economics (2017). His research was also supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation. Prior to his fellowship at Princeton he was a research assistant for the Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University working on the history of Greek intelligence services, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the ChinaMED Project, TOChina Hub.

About the Research Project

Greece’s China Policy: The Exceptional Case of a Small Western State

My project, titled “Greece’s China policy: the exceptional case of a small Western state”, explores Sino-Greek relations in the context of US-China strategic competition. China's growing presence in several EU and NATO members has raised concerns in the United States about potential political and military implications for the West as a whole. Even though many European states distanced themselves from Beijing after 2019, Greece, a NATO and EU member, has instead sought closer cooperation, which is expected to develop further. Despite the growing literature on US-EU-China relations, the Greek case remains understudied. Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, this research aims to identify the domestic and external forces that have shaped Greece’s China policy since 2006, when the first agreement with Beijing was signed, until the present.

Current Roles

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow