Balkanalysis on Twitter Briefing with Antonis Skotiniotis, Andreas Papandreou Institute of Strategic and Development Studies- ISTAME

Athens, Greece— On April 17, 2011 correspondent in Greece Apostolis Karabairis (also a Balkans researcher at the Hellenic Center for European Studies/EKEM) conducted a briefing with Antonis Skotiniotis, international relations researcher for the Athens-based Andreas Papandreou Institute of Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME).

In the briefing, Mr Skotiniotis discussed the ISTAME’s background, structure and working objectives, and presented the institute’s current portfolio of research and activities. Also discussed was the institute’s perceived current shift towards devoting efforts to the areas of social policy, health and immigration issues, in the context of the Greek government’s ongoing structural reforms.

Finally, the ISTAME’s present and future efforts to establish partnerships in Europe and worldwide with several other institutions, most of them also coming from a center-left background was also discussed.

The Andreas Papandreou Institute of Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME) is a research institute and think-tank affiliated with PASOK, Greece’s Socialist ruling party. Founded in 1995 when the party was still led by its original founder, Andreas Papandreou, the institute is active in a number of fields.

One of the most influential think-tanks in Greece, ISTAME is involved with four main activities: research project publication; event, seminar and lecture organization; promotion of social scientists who further its goals at the long-term, and the creation of a scientific network in Greece.

In the past, the work of ISTAME has reflected and shaped the tenor of public debate in Greece, its priorities and subjects. The institute has made considerable contributions to the domestic public policy debate, and been influential with its policy recommendations. is an American research and analysis firm that provides dedicated coverage of the Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean regions, in areas ranging from politics and security to economics and culture. It draws on the expertise of its broad network of field analysts and reporters representing a number of various countries and professional backgrounds.

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