The Greek Paradox

From Belfer Center Studies in International Security

The Greek Paradox

Promise Vs. Performance

Edited by Graham Allison and Kalypso Nicolaïdis





As a bridge between the East and West, a pole of stability in the Balkans, and a Mediterranean crossroads, Greece could play a significant role in the post-Cold War world. But Greece's performance in domestic and international policy falls short of this promise. The essays in The Greek Paradox look at some of the reasons for this gap and suggest possible political and economic reforms.The contributors, both scholars and policymakers, examine a range of contemporary issues in the Balkans and on NATO's southern flank. The essays shed light on nation building, political and economic development, modernization, and post-Cold War international relations.

ContributorsGraham T. Allison, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, Michael S. Dukakis, Misha Glenny, Dimitris Keridis, F. Stephen Larrabee, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Alexis Papahelas, Elizabeth Prodromou, Monteagle Stearns, Constantine Stephanopoulos, Stavros B. Thomadakis, Basilios E. Tsingos, Loukas Tsoukalis, Susan Woodward

CSIA Studies in International Security


$30.00 X ISBN: 9780262510929 208 pp. | 6.14 in x 9.21 in


Graham Allison

Graham Allison is Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Kalypso Nicolaïdis


  • The Greek Paradox is an indispensable reference work for anyone whowould like to have a better sense of modern Greece....It is also foranyone who is trying to find the reasons behind the paradox ofinternational relations—the distance between theory and practice.

    George Papandreou

    Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Athens, Greece

  • This book constitutes a significant contribution towardsunderstanding the challenges that Greece faces... while also offeringinteresting recommendations as to how they can be resolved.

    Constantine Mitsotakis

    former Prime Minister of Greece