Antonios Nestoras is an Adjunct Professor of international affairs in the Vesalius College of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Previously, Antonios served as policy advisor for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, the third largest political group in the European Parliament, as well as legislative and political advisor to Members of the European Parliament. He has held positions in the International Relations Service of the EPP Group in the European Parliament and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. Antonios holds a BA in International and European, Economic and Political Studies (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki) and an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy (Leiden Universiteit, Netherlands). Since 2013, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Institute for European Studies of the VUB (expecting completion in 2017). Antonios is a laureate of the Huygens Scholarship for International Talent. He is part of the European Foreign and Security Policy cluster in the IES.
Europe constitutes the central geopolitical referent in Greek foreign policy discourse. Conventional wisdom has it that Greece’s ‘European choice’ is a by-product of Cold War geopolitics, largely explained by an alignment in the strategic priorities of the main Western European powers and Greece’s national elites – who saw Europe and the broader West as a source of security and prosperity. My thesis contends that Greece’s European choice lays far deeper than that. Since the foundation of the Greek state in the early 19th century there has been a consistent geopolitical discourse crafted around the idea that the country was inherently European and Western. Such ‘hegemonic’ discourse marginalized alternative geopolitical visions, namely the notion of Greece’s cultural and religious affinity with Russia. Drawing on geopolitical theory and discourse analysis, the aim is to examine the geopolitical foundations of Greek foreign policy discourse and assess its resilience in the face of crises or systemic challenges such as the country’s prolonged economic crisis; the damaged European economic and political cohesion; the relative economic decline of Europe and the concomitant decline in Western power globally; the ongoing confrontation between Europe and Russia. We shall examine the extent to which these challenges can lead to the emergence and consolidation of alternative geopolitical discourses, which could spur a political rapprochement between Greece and Russia and result in a substantial change of Greece’s position within Europe.
Recent Publications and Activities
Nestoras, A. (2016). EU Institutions and External Representation [Lecture]. VUB International Summer School, Brussels: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (forthcoming – July)
Nestoras, A. (2016). Locating Russian Narratives and Information Warfare in the European Parliament, IES Policy Brief, Institute for European Studies (forthcoming – May)
Nestoras A. (2016). The Gatekeeper’s Gambit: SYRIZA, Left Populism and the European Migration Crisis, Working Paper Series, Institute of European Democrats
Nestoras, A. (2015). The West, the Cradle and the Bridge: Greece's Cold War Geopolitical Discourse. Paper submitted to the European Summer School on Cold War History. Trento: London School of Economics
Nestoras, A. (2015). EU Institutions and External Representation [Lecture]. VUB International Summer School, Brussels: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Nestoras, A. (2015). 'The Enlightened and Noble Nations of Europe': Perceptions of Europe in the Modern Greek Geographical Imagination. Paper presented at ACCESS EUROPE Workshop - Europe and the World: Critical Investigations, Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Nestoras, A. (2015). The View from Europe's Borders: Greece and the CSDP as Security Provider, in Daniel Fiott (ed.), The Common Security and Defence Policy: National Perspectives. (pp. 61-65) Egmont Paper 79, Brussels: Royal Institute for International Relations. May 2015.
Nestoras, A. (2015). German Soft Power in view of the SYRIZA’s War Reparations Claim [Speech]. A wind of change? Syriza’s first months in power and its political and economic impact on Europe. Brussels: Centre for European Progression
Nestoras, A. (2015). The View from Europe's Borders: Greece and the CSDP as Security Provider. European Geostrategy (March 2015). Available at http://www.europeangeostrategy.org/2015/03/view-europes-borders-greece-csdp-security-provider/
Nestoras, A. (2015). SYRIZA’s Win: a New Place for Greece in Europe? European Geostrategy (February 2015). Available at http://www.europeangeostrategy.org/2015/02/syrizas-win-new-place-greece-europe/
Chryssogelos A. S., & Nestoras A., (2014). Exporting Euro-politics in the Eastern Neighbourhood: Elections in the Post-Soviet Area, the Regional Activity of Euro-parties and Inter-parliamentary Cooperation; European Union in International Affairs (EUIA IV), Brussels: Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Chryssogelos A. S., & Nestoras A., (2013). Exporting Euro-politics in the Eastern Neighbourhood: Elections in the Post-Soviet Area, the Regional Activity of Euro-parties and Inter-parliamentary Cooperation; EUDO Dissemination Conference: Elections in Europe in Times of Crisis, Florence: European University Institute (EUI)
Profile and Publications
- Study at IES
- European Projects