Center for Russia, Eurasia, and Southeastern Europe


The Center for Russia and Eurasia was created by the decision of the Administrative Board of the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University in November 2004. In September 2008, the Administrative Board of the Institute of International Relations approved the enlargement of the activities of the Center, which was renamed the Center of Russia, Eurasia, and Southeastern Europe.

CERESE is a purely scientific center, engaged in studying and analyzing the developing events in the post-Soviet region and Southeastern Europe. Our scientific interest extends from the Baltic Sea to Japan — regions that are close to unstable areas such as the Middle East, East Asia, and the Balkans.

CERESE is divided into three research groups, with dozens of researchers and junior researchers committed to informing the public responsibly and prominently, with the goal of enhancing the level of knowledge in matters related to Russia and the wider area of Eurasia. The Professor of International Relations, Dr. Constantinos Filis serves as CERESE’s Academic Supervisor, and Dimosthenis D. Dimopoulos as its Coordinator.


The Research Groups of the CERESE are the following:

  • The Democracy and Human Rights Group

    This group focuses on researching and studying the singularities of the national political systems within the CERESE’s area, as well as analyzing the developments related to human and social rights on a domestic level.
  • The Foreign Policy, Defense, and Economy Group

    This group focuses on studying and analyzing the developments pertaining to issues related to the foreign policy, defense, and financial practices in the post-Soviet space region.
  • The Special Affairs Research Team

    This group consists of select Research Trainees, who focus on the advanced research of issues pertaining to the CERESE’s geographical area, with a mission to publish scientific articles, policy papers, and opinion articles, both for the experts and the wider public.



Dr. Constantinos Filis – Academic Supervisor


Dimosthenis D. Dimopoulos – Coordinator

Mr. Dimosthenis D. Dimopoulos holds a Master’s Degree in International and Strategic Studies from Panteion University. He joined the Centre of Russia, Eurasia and South-Eastern Europe in 2013 and since then has held various positions, until he was appointed Coordinator of the Centre on September 2021.

Mr. Dimopoulos was an editor at, a news site specializing in military and defense topics from 2018 until 2019. He has served as an Advisor at the .