The 2nd International Summer School – Kavala International Summer School started on September 4, 2023 for the second consecutive year in Kavala, on the political and cultural importance of waters, domestic and international.

The summer school, which is hosted this year at the Kavala Great Club and will last until September 10, is conducted in English and is aimed mainly at college students, again is organized by the Foreign Affairs Institute (FAINST) in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Center for Reconciliation Studies, JCRS) and the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT).

The Kavala International Summer School combines academic theory and diplomatic practice to analyze policies and behaviors that encourage reconciliation, tolerance, social cohesion, and good neighborliness at local, national, and international levels, focusing on regional cooperation and development.

Participants take part in hands-on activities under the guidance of professors, researchers, and diplomats, and work on real cases alongside senior diplomats.

Anyone who wishes can watch the presentations and summer school proceedings live from the Institute’s (FAINST) YouTube channel (accessible from


The program of the 2nd International Summer School is as follows:


04.09.2023 Monday

10.30 Greetings: HE the Mayor of the City Mr. Theodoros Mouriadis

10.45 Greetings: Prof. Dr. Martin Leiner JCRS, Friedrich Schiller Universität, Jena-Germany

11.00 CEO FAINST Opening of the 2nd Kavala International Summer School

11.00-12.30 Keynote speaker.

Dr. Spyros Kouvelis, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs via teleconference

12.30-12.45 Coffee Break

12.50-14.00 Politics and New Technologies

Dr. Christos Aliprantis, adj Professor at the American College of Thessaloniki

14.00 Light Lunch

15.30-16.30 Prof Dr. Martin Leiner: Water and the three Abrahamic Religions

16.30- 17.30 First workshop


05.09.2023 Tuesday


10.30   “Global Flow Security” – a strategic concept for maritime routes and beyond?

Babis C. Karpouchtsis, Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

11.30 Coffee Break

12.00-13.20 Waters and Environmental Security, Dr. Christos Aliprantis


13.30 Light Lunch

14.30-15.30 International Law of the Sea

Efthymios Papastavridis, via teleconference. Researcher and Part-time Lecturer, University of Oxford and Research Fellow;  Academy  of Athens and Athens PIL Center


15.45 Participants meeting, self organization


06.09.2023 Wednesday

10.30-11.30 Prof Dr. Maria Kyriakidou

Access to clean water and issues of gender inequality

11.30-12.00 coffee break

12.00 Meeting of participants

13.30 Light lunch

  1. 30 Μr. Antonis Platias

Waters and hybrid threats.

07.09.2023 Thursday

10.30 Prof. Dr. John Paravantis, via teleconference

Game theory and global politics

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 Meeting of participants

13.30 Light Lunch

14.45-16.00 Mr. Loukas Katsonis, CEO of the Foreign Affairs Institute

The meaning of UNCLOS for the welfare of nations.

16.00 Prof Dr. S. Tsani, via teleconference

The Legal Framework, International Economics, and Blue Development.

17.30 End of works

08.09.2023 Friday

10.30-11.30 Dr. Tina Mavrikos Adamou, adj. Prof. ACT

International migration at the Mediterranean Sea.

11.30  Four working tables: Exchanging views. Launching 2024 Program


09.09.2023 Saturday

10.30-11.30   Mr. Ioannis Vichos, Vice President of the ‘Hellenic Coastguard Officers’ Union’ (HCOU).

11.30 – 16.30 Cultural activities in Kavala

10.09.2023 Sunday

10.30 “The endless blue experience”. Energy, fishery, tourism, environment, development. Human life, welfare, and environmental protection.

20.30 Farewell cocktail/light and casual

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