Olympia Summer Academy
A Special Summer Course
The Butterfly Effect: Systemic Risks in the 21st Century
July 8-11, 2020
Athens, Greece


The butterfly effect has become widely known to signify the sensitive dependence of remote and unconnected systems. The 21st century ushered in an era of unprecedented global connectivity – one that as the ongoing pandemic demonstrates affects every aspect of our daily lives. Taught by an interdisciplinary team of researchers, the objective of the course is to explore ways in which global interconnectivity, and the systemic risks that it generates, can be analyzed in a range of geopolitical, security, and socio-economic environments.


  • Constantine Arvanitopoulos, Karamanlis Chair of Hellenic and European Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Professor of International Relations, Panteion University of Athens.
  • Emmanouella Doussis, Associate Professor of International Institutions, University of Athens
  • Konstantinos Filis, Executive Director, Institute of International Relations.
  • Andreas Gofas, Associate Professor of International Relations at Panteion University of Athens; co-director, Olympia Summer Academy.
  • Dimitris Keridis, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University of Athens; director, Olympia Summer Academy.
  • Harry Papasotiriou, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University; Director, Institute of International Relations.
  • Wolfango Piccoli, Co-president and Director of Research, Teneo Intelligence.
  • Konstantinos Tsimonis, Lecturer in Chinese Society, King’s College London.



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