Dr. Paschalis Pechlivanis


1 September 2018 -28 February 2019

BIO: Dr. Paschalis Pechlivanis is a Lecturer in the History of International Relations at the Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University. His research interests lie at the intersection of International History and International Relations, with a specific focus on the Cold War, US Foreign Policy and post-1945 European and Balkan History. His PhD thesis A Differentiated Détente: The United States and Romania in the 1970s examines the relations between the US and Romania through the prism of the interaction of détente with the US policy of differentiation towards Eastern Europe.  He studied Law (LLB) at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2009), International Relations (MScEcon, Distinction) at Aberystwyth University (2012) and he obtained his PhD in History from the European University Institute (EUI), Florence in 2017. During his PhD he has been a visiting researcher at New York University and he has previously taught at the University of Florence, Italy. Dr. Pechlivanis’ work has been published in Cold War History and European Review of History.

Project Title: An Uneasy Triangle: Ceausescu, the Colonels and the Greek Communists (1967-1974).

Project Description: This project aims to investigate the rapprochement between the dictatorship of the Greek Colonels and Ceausescu’s Romania and its reception by the Greek Communists (1967-1974). By focusing on this triangle, the proposed project aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the way ideological differences were at times at odds with Cold War realities and how this affected and challenged the traditional Cold War narrative about ‘the enemy’. Starting from the odd development of the rapprochement between two antithetical authoritarian regimes (Ceausescu’s communist regime and the Greek right-wing Junta) this project engages also with the ideological and political effect it had in the circles of the Greek Communists and their reaction to this ‘unthinkable’ partnership. The contextualization of this unseemly Balkan initiative on the one hand and the Greek Left’s efforts for relevance under these circumstances on the other, will offer useful insights and a better understanding of the perception of ideology as legitimation for the pursuit of the Cold War in South-Eastern Europe.