Panagiota Manoli, Head of the Programme in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies of ELIAMEP is Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean. She has been Visiting Professor at the European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh (2016) and Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Southeast Europe Project), Washington D.C. (2010). She was Director of Studies and Research at the International Center for Black Sea Studies – ICBSS (Athens, 2005-2009) and Secretary of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (Istanbul, 2000-2004). She is an Associate Editor of the Journal Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (Routledge/Taylor and Francis). She graduated from the School of Law, Economic and Political Sciences, University of Athens and holds an MA and PhD from the University of Warwick where she studied as an Alexandros A. Onassis scholar. Her research interests and publications focus on comparative regionalism, security and development, European Neighborhood and Black Sea politics.