Greece in the Aftermath of the Economic Crisis Needs to Change Its Strategy in the International System: Choosing Between Melians and David



The author provides a new narrative about Greece’s inefficiency to respond effectively to challenges and pressures posed by the international system. It considers the hypothesis that had Greece followed a “small but smart” state strategy during the economic crisis, it would have avoided costly miscalculations. It focuses on the way that Greece dealt with its partners and creditors in the negotiations from January 2015 to July 2015 and examines a series of factors such as the Greek government’s ability to estimate the state of the international system, the arguments and mind-set of the Greek side, its level of preparation, experience and understanding of the negotiations’ context, existence of allies and other resources such as reputation, unity, geography and leadership. It concludes that Greece should abandon its victimhood mind-set and “Melians’ narrative” and understand that the international system is first and foremost a self-help system.


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  1. 1.Department of International and European StudiesUniversity of MacedoniaThessalonikiGreece

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