Europe’s Futures Fellow 2020/21


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University of Macedonia Thessaloniki
Learning from the Prespa Agreement: Is There a “Southeast European Way” of Settling Disputes or Should There Be One? Lessons for the European Union

Ioannis Armakolas’ research aims to offer the first comprehensive analysis of the Prespa Agreement, which settled the so-called Macedonia name dispute. It aims to understand the dynamics of settlement of the Greece–North Macedonia dispute and to draw lessons for the European Union about the nature of Balkan disputes and their potential for settlement, as well as the role of European diplomacy and influence.

Ioannis Armakolas, PhD (Cantab), is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics of South East Europe at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia and Senior Research Fellow & Head of the South-East Europe Program at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP); he’s also a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence. Ioannis Armakolas is a member of the Europe’s Futures network of the Erste Foundation, member of the Independent Tripartite High Level Group on EU Neighbourhood Interdependencies, Editor of the ‘Political Trends and Dynamics’ the regional journal of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Dialogue Southeast Europe (FES SOE, Sarajevo), Editor of the book series ‘Southeast European and Black Sea Series’, published by Routledge, and Associate Editor of the academic journal ‘Southeast European and Black Sea Studies’ (Routledge journals, Taylor & Francis). He serves as a member of the Working Group for the formation of the Bilateral Youth Cooperation Office between Greece and North Macedonia, on the basis of the Prespa Agreement that solved the so-called ‘name dispute’.

His previous affiliations include: Europe’s Futures Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Editor in Chief of ‘Southeast European and Black Sea Studies’ (Routledge journals, Taylor & Francis); ESRC Fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Oxford; Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford; Director of Research at the ʽUS-Greece Task Force: Transforming the Balkansʼ (joint project of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies); Region Head for South East Europe at Oxford Analytica; Tip OʼNeill Fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at INCORE-Northern Ireland (Ulster University & United Nations University). Ioannis Armakolas has extensive experience as a consultant with European Commission, USAID, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, DFID, FES and OSF projects in the Western Balkans and with companies, such as KPMG Consulting Inc., BearingPoint, Coffey International, and TSGN.