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Eirini Karamouzi


Currently Eirini is Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Sheffield and A.G. Leventis Fellow at SEESOX, Oxford University.

Eirini was the Max Weber Fellow 2013 - 2014 at the European University Institute and a lecturer of European Studies and History at Yale University and Deputy Head of the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS. She was a Pinto Post-Doctoral Fellow at LSE IDEAS for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Eirini Karamouzi completed her PhD entitled 'Greece's Path to EEC membership, 1974-1979: The View from Brussels' at the International History department of LSE. She has an MSc on European Politics and Governance from the LSE and a BA in History and Archaelogy from University of Athens. She is currently Book Review Editor for the Cold War History Journal. In May 2011. She organised an international conference on 'Balkans in the Cold War' in Athens. She teaches at LSE and Queen Mary mostly on post-war Western Europe.

Her thesis on Greece's accession to the EEC represents a fascinating case-study of the history of enlargement, of European integration and finally of the Cold War in the late 1970s. It is the first detailed archivally-based study of the second enlargement. It is based on an extensive multi-archival and multinational research, including records of the Greek, American, British, French and German governments, of the EEC institutions (Commission, Council of Ministers) and a collection of personal papers.

Areas of Expertise

Post-1945 Western Europe, with particular emphasis on:

  • EU Enlargement policy
  • Cold War and European Integration
  • Southern European history and politics
  • Balkan cooperation in the 1970s
  • Greek Foreign Policy

Recent Publications

  • Greece, the EEC and the Cold War 1974-1979: The Second Enlargement (Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World), (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • ‘Managing the ‘Helsinki Spirit’ in the Balkans: Greece’s Initiative for Balkan Cooperation, 1975-1976’, Diplomacy & Statecraft (forthcoming, Dec 2013 )
  • "Telling the Whole Story: America, EEC and Greece in the 1970s", In: Antonio Varsori & Guia Migani (eds.) Europe in the International Arena during the 1970s: Entering a different world. ( Brussels : Peter Lang , 2011 )
  • "Enlargement Policy and Identity Formation. A Reciprocal relationship", In: Marloes Beers& Jenny Raflic (eds.) National Cultures and Common Identity ( Brussels : Peter Lang, 2010)
  • 'Can Greece meet the challenge', IDEAS TODAY (2010)


  • Dr Eirni Karamouzi on the historical context of Greece's accession to the EEC
    Eirini Karamouzi writes that while there were legitimate objections to Greece being granted membership at the time, it was a broadly sound decision given the historical context in which negotiations took place.
  • Dr Eirini Karamouzi publishes an article in Diplomacy and Statecraft
    'Managing the “Helsinki Spirit” in the Balkans: The Greek Initiative for Balkan Co-operation, 1975–1976' examines the origins and implementation of the Greek diplomatic initiative for multilateral co-operation amongst the Balkan states in the aftermath of the Helsinki Act of the Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE).
  • Dr Eirini Karamouzi writes for LSE IDEAS Special Report 'Crisis of EU Enlargement'
    Dr Karamouzi contributes a chapter entitled 'The Greek Paradox' to LSE IDEAS Special Report 'Crisis of EU Enlargement'. The report argues that forty years after the accession of the UK, enlargement, once seen as the EU’s most effective foreign policy tool, is in peril.
  • Dr Eirini Karamouzi to be Max Weber Fellow 2013 - 2014 at EUI
    Dr Karamouzi will use the Max Weber Fellowship to pursue her research project, ‘USA, Europe and the transition to democracy in Southern Europe'. The collapse of authoritarianism in Greece and Portugal in 1974, Franco’s eclipse in Spain in 1975 and the rise of the Communist’s appeal in Italy in 1975-6 drastically changed the political landscape in Western Europe. The proposed project seeks to investigate the evolution of the relationship between the United States and the EEC in coping with the Southern European crisis in the turbulent years from 1974 to 1976.
  • Dr Eirini Karamouzi gives a lecture at the Institute for Historical Research (IHR)
    On Tuesday 28th May, Dr Karamouzi will be giving a talk at IHR entitled: God Save the Community: Greece's entry into the EEC. Time: 6.00 - 8.00pm. Venue: Room 103 Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.
  • A Conversation with Prof. Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Oxford) and Dr. Irene Karamouzis (Yale)
    Dr Eirini Karamouzi, Deputy Head of the Balkan Programme will be talking at NYU. "Greece in Crisis: Lightning Rod, Guinea Pig or Scapegoat?" Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:00 - 1:30 pm NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies 285 Mercer Street, 7th Floor Seminar Room
  • IDEAS Today - Issue 4: June 2010
    The Big Idea: Russian Transition and the West by Dominic Lieven; Can Greece Meet the Challenge? by Eirini Karamouzi & Vassilis Paipais; The Great Fears of Afghanistan: How wild rumours shape politics by Antonio Giustozzi; Mongolia between Russia and China by Sergey Radchenko; Programme in Focus: Russia Studies Programme; "Solid not Slavish": UK-UK Relations under Cameron and Clegg by Nick Kitchen