UCL Institute of the Americas


Dr Agis Papageorgiou

US interventionism in Greece during the early Cold War, 1947-1974: a consequentialist interpretation


PhD completed in 2023


Dr Tony McCulloch and Dr Nadia Hilliard

Dr Agis Papageorgiou
This research project primarily explored Cold War American interventionism in Greece through a theoretical framework based on a crossover of American Exceptionalism and IR theory. In more specific terms, the project analyzes the US’ foreign policy endeavors in Greece starting with the Greek Civil War, and considers the objectives, the scope, and the outcomes of American foreign policymaking, while drawing comparisons with several other interventions in Latin America, Europe, and beyond.

The project assesses the impact of interventionism on the Greek public opinion in thymotic terms, emphasizing on the historical memory of Washington's interference in Greek affairs; more broadly, this thesis seeks to situate Greece as a unique case study within the history of American interventionism, while discussing the influence of ideology within international anarchy.

Finally, this thesis explored the role of weak states in a context of Great Power competition, highlighting the often-impossible dilemma between balancing and bandwagoning – and its correlation with the rise of an independist national conscience as a result.


E-mail: agisilaos.papageorgiou.19@ucl.ac.uk

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BASC0041 - Introduction into Politics | UCL - Arts and Sciences

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HY245 - The US and the world since 1776 | LSE - Department of International History

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