Wednesday, 4 November 2009


This blogger's first publication is out:

Alexandros Nafpliotis, "The 1971 Re-establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Greece
and Albania: Cooperation and Strategic Partnership within Cold War
Bipolarity?" in Othon Anastasakis, Dimitar Bechev and Nicholas Vrousalis (eds.) Greece in the Balkans: Memory, Conflict and Exchange, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

You can see a sample (including the preface which was written by Thanos Veremis) here.

Here's the excerpt from the overview that refers to this blogger's chapter:

'The next chapter takes us to the midst of the Cold War environment
which separated Greece from its northern neighbours, while inducing
antagonism and military competition from the outside South East Europe.
During such difficult times, however, the region’s leaders tried, more often
than not, to avoid mutual confrontation. Hence the selective attempts by
Greece to reengage with its neighbours during the Cold War. Indeed, by
the 1970s, ideological rifts mattered less than converging national
interests, so much so that Greece reengaged with its neighbours while
under a military junta. Alexandros Nafpliotis studies the colonels’ regime,
which re-established diplomatic relations with Albania, one of Europe’s
most hardline communist dictatorships, after a freeze lasting more than 30
years. Nafpliotis argues that economic cooperation and strategic
calculations trumped the logic of ideological rivalries and extreme
ideological enemies, such as Enver Hoxha in Tirana and the military
junta in Athens, chose to explore paths of cooperation.'

1 comment:

Setty Lepida said...

Περήφανη για 'σενα !
Always a fan !