Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nikos Kotzias studied Economics, Political Science and Philosophy, Law and European Integration in Greece and in Germany. He worked as a researcher and taught at the Universities of Marburg, Oxford and Harvard, and he holds the position of Professor of Political Theories and International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus. He has specialized in issues of policy and political systems, societies and foreign policy of Brazil, India and Russia. He has been a member of many globally recognized international research teams on contemporary issues.
A member of the Left involved in anti-dictatorship activities, he was condemned twice during the Junta. He co-published the periodicals “Scientific Thought” and “Dialectic”, and published books in the internationally recognized “Logos” (Livani Publications) and “Reflections” (Kastaniotis Publications) series of scientific works. These series include works by the Nobel Prize-winners P. Krugman and A. Sen, and by internationally recognized authors such as J. Habermas, N. Tchomsky, B. Barber. He has published and edited a total of 65 books.
He has authored 24 scientific works and a collection of poems, 300 scientific texts and over 4,000 political articles in newspapers and magazines, and he has written columns for the newspapers “Axia” and “Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia”, as well as for the magazine “Epikaira”.
Until 2008, he served as an Expert at the Foreign Ministry leaving with the rank of Expert-Ambassador. At the Foreign Ministry, he headed a number of research and planning teams. He served as a member of the first National Council on Foreign Policy. He has participated in many important negotiations, successfully defending and promoting Greece’s interests and positions.