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Olympia Summer Academy 2016

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Background Info

Since the summer of 2002, the Olympia Summer Academy (the Academy) has been offering annually a wide range of specialized courses in Political Science and International Studies. From 2002 until 2014, the Academy took place at the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia in Western Peloponnese. In 2015, the Academy is moving to Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, and a picturesque seaport town in Eastern Peloponnese where the medieval meets the modern. Nonetheless, we remain strongly committed, and indeed thankful, to Olympia both for its warm hospitality during the first thirteen years of OSA and its guiding flame and spirit that will always remain with us.

The Team

The Academy is co-organized by the Navarino Network, a public policy initiative based in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the European International Studies Association (EISA), with the support of numerous universities and foundations, including Yale University, the University of St Andrews, and the Institute of International Relations at Panteion University of Athens. The Academy has been generously sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation, the Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Alpha Bank and, in the past, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, the National Bank of Greece and the Kokkalis Foundation.

Program Structure

The Academy is comprised of 8 working days of intensive, high-level teaching where six carefully defined Political Science and International Studies areas are treated in depth and by faculty of international standing. The teaching cycles/programs that comprise the Academy in 2016 are:

• Conflict & Political Violence (8 working days)
• The History, Philosophy & Sociology of IR (4 working days)
• Europe’s Shifting Political Order (4 working days)
• Religion & International Politics (4 working days)
• Terrorism & Counterterrorism (4 working days)
• Political Risk Analysis (4 working days)
• Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (4 working days)


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