olympia summer academy 2022 – A Special Summer Course Global Discord and Cooperation

Olympia Summer Academy
A Special Summer Course on
Global Discord and Cooperation
July 13 – 16, 2022
Athens, Greece

The world appears mired in discord. Disagreements seem to be proliferating among major and smaller powers alike, within alliances and across the Global North and Global South. Backlash against globalization has many observers worried that processes of de-globalization and fragmentation will undermine foundational elements of global governance. And that the world will be prevented from successfully meeting the big challenges of the 21st century. But not everyone shares this outlook. Other observers point to heightened levels and sophistication of international cooperation. They add that international cooperation has always been hard, that populists often are displaced, and that global structures have overcome existential threats in the past. This interdisciplinary course examines rival perspectives that inform debates about the state of global governance. With examples from the earliest periods of global governance to the present age, the course features studies of discord and cooperation in the global political, economic, and security areas.


  • Kristin Fabbe,  Jakurski Family Associate Professor, Harvard Business School
  • Orfeo Fioretos, Professor of Political Science, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Dimitris Keridis, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University; Director, Olympia Summer Academy
  • Paschalis Kitromilides, Member of the Academy of Athens in History of Political Thought; Professor
    Emeritus of Political Science at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Wolfango Piccoli, Co-president and Director of Research, Teneo Intelligence
  • Evangelos Venizelos, Professor of Constitutional Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Course Outline

1. Theorizing Discord and Cooperation (Orfeo Fioretos)
2. Transatlantic Relations and Rifts (Orfeo Fioretos)
3. The Enemy within: Populism and the Decline of Western Liberalism (Dimitris Keridis)
4. Enduring challenges of nationalism (Paschalis Kitromilides)
5. The War in Ukraine and the Reshaping of Europe (Evangelos Venizelos)
6. Rupture, Resilience, and the Politics of Compounding Crises: Evidence from Greece and Beyond
(Kristin Fabbe)
7. When Fifth Columns Fall: Populism and Religious Regulation in Erdogan’s Turkey (Kristin Fabbe)
8. Political Risk in a Multipolar World (Wolfango Piccoli)
9. Emerging Markets and Political Risk in a Multipolar World (Wolfango Piccoli)
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