Marios-Panagiotis Efthymiopoulos (PhD)

Program Director of the MA in Security and Strategic Studies
College of Security and Global Studies

Associate Professor of International Security and Strategy, American University in the Emirates (AUE)

Former Visiting Professor/Scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University of New York.

Member of the Geostrategic Committee of the Presidency of the Cyprus Republic, Attached to the President of Cyprus.

Founder and CEO of Strategy International ( A think tank, non for profit, created in Thessaloniki Greece in 2008 in the service of global education, exchange knowledge and consulting in political, economic & strategic affairs.

He is also an Advisor and member of the Council on Geostrategic Affairs, attached to the President of the Republic of Cyprus.

Past Positions:

Dr. Efthymiopoulos in the past has held a variety of international, academic and professional positions:

A. Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC.

B. George Washington University, Business School, EU Center for Excellence, Washington DC

C. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC USA

D. Affiliated  with the History Department of the University of South Florida

E. Department of Social and Political Sciences, University Of Cyprus, Nicosia Cyprus 

Extra Curricula. Invited Professor:

  1. Hellenic Homeland Security Police.
  2. Joint War College of Greece in Thessaloniki
  3. NATO Maritime Interdiction Operation and Training Center (NMIOTC).
  4. The UN and NATO training corps Kilkis.
  5. NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Thessaloniki.
  6. Professional Positions:
  7. NATO Defense College (NADEFCOL) & graduate of Senior Course 105 for Strategic Affairs
  8. Appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.
  9. Intern Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) –United Nations-, Biotechnology and Biosafety section.
  10. Political/Financial Analyst, projector, at the County of Cook Treasurer’s Office in Chicago Illinois USA.


Executive Training Program for Professionals and Academics, Phillip Merrill Center, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS.

A PhD from the University of Crete, In International Strategic and Business Affairs from the Department of Social Studies in Crete Greece, with a “Cum Laude” .

Diploma from the NATO Defense College, Senior Course 105, on International Security and Strategy -Equivalent to Advanced Professional Master Degree-.

A Masters Degree from the University of Vienna -The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna-in Advanced International Studies, Negotiations and Strategic Affairs (MAIS) (2002-2003), Vienna Austria.

Prior he concluded the first of the two years of the Viennese program at the LSE following and concluding the first year (MSc) in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK, (2001-2002).

He holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations & Politics by the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, (1998-2001), Lincoln, UK.


Dr. Efthymiopoulos holds Scholarship awards from the following:

  1. The Alexander S. Onassis Foundation.
  2. The Chris Tomaras Foundation.
  3. The Metropolis of Ileia
  4. The Department of Education & Employment of the United Kingdom

Expertise & Field Work:

International Economic Affairs Analysis, Global and National Development, Business affairs, Negotiations, Mediations, Project Development, Public and International Relations, Negotiations with International Organizations and Companies, Global and national Strategies, Geopolitical and strategic affairs, Cyber issues.

Dr. Efthymiopoulos holds field experience in Southeastern Europe, Western Balkans, Greece, USA and European Union countries such as France, the UK, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Ukraine, Russia and now the MENA region with his base being in the UAE in Dubai.

Concentration on Publications:

His concentration of publications are in Strategic, Business and development affairs and projections, global strategies & policies, international organizations, defense analysis, international negotiations and operations and financial security and development and world affairs.

Academic, professional and op-eds articles: Dr. Efthymiopoulos publishes numerous articles in Greece, Poland, the UK, the USA, Italy, Australia and Canada in relations to Strategic Issues, Transatlantic relations, Security, NATO policies and foreign policies of Greece, as well as in international websites, His articles are referenced. They hold an impact factor.

His recent articles are posted on CNN, Europsworld, the Atlantic Council of the USA, at NATO’s (we-nato). His opinions are reflected at magazines such as Foreign Policy Magazine (May 2012).

TV & Radio Commentator: Dr. Efthymiopoulos is a constant commentator on a variety of national TV and Radio international media. He comments are seen at C-Span, CNN and CNN international, CNN Ireport, National Finland Radio, Reuters, China & India Times, National TV Greece, along with Radio Stations such as the Voice of America, National Public Radio, BBC world news Service, but also Radio Stations in New York, Hellenic Radio, Hellenic Heartbeat Chicago, Skai Radio Greece, TV100 Thessaloniki and National Alpha TV & Radio.

Extra Curricula:

Dr. Efthymiopoulos is listed in the “Marquis Who is Who” in the World.

He is the Chief-Editor of the Online Journal co-sponsored by Strategy International and NATO titled: Journal of Southeastern European Security Strategy and Transatlantic Leadership (SESSTL).

Dr. Efthymiopoulos is a board review member at the Journal of Research in World Economy in Canada by the Canadian Education Association.

NATO Maritime Interdiction Training Operation Center Journal.

Member of the ISA, Was the Vice-coordinating director for Diplomatic Studies during the year 2013-2014.

An editorial board member of the upcoming Journal on interdependencies in social sciences by the Universidade Catolica Portugesa and a review member of the International Conferences international on International information warfare in Reading UK.

Dr. Efthymiopoulos has an asset concentration in Strategic Development, International Security and International Economic Policy of Security Development.

Languages: English, French, Italian beginner,

Greek Native

Russia & Arabic Begginer

Personal time:

Likes to travel, classical music, plays piano, trumpet and likes Basketball, football and plays tennis.

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