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Cmdr. Ioannis Chapsos of the Hellenic Navy is an instructor in the Security and Strategy Department at the Hellenic Supreme Joint War College. He is a 1989 graduate of the Hellenic Naval Academy and served most of his career on fast patrol boats. He also served in National Defence Planning with the National Defence General Staff and the Human Resources/ Education Department of the Hellenic Navy General Staff.

CMDR Chapsos is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

He is specialized in Global security, the Human Security Concept, Maritime Security and contemporary security challenges, focusing on Africa.


Academic Background:

  1. Hellenic Naval Academy.
  2. Combined NATO Orientation and Crisis Management Course, NATO School SHAPE.
  3. Multinational Peace Support Operations, CFE Inspectors / Escorts.
  4. Executive Program in Advanced Security Studies / George C. Marshall European Center for security studies/ Garmisch Partenkirchen Germany.
  5. Hellenic Supreme Joint War College.
  6. Master of Arts in ‘Terrorism – International Crime – Global Security’, Coventry University UK.
  7. PhD Candidate in ‘Global security and Media’, Department of Journalism and Media - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


Participation in International Conferences:

1.   3rd International Conference on the Mediterranean Region: “The Mediterranean: different perspectives, common objectives”. Center for High Defence Studies (CASD), Palazzo Salviati, Rome, 19-20 November 2009.

2.   “NATO’s New Strategic Concept”. Strategy International, Thessaloniki, 19 February 2010.

3.   9th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security. Strategy International, ACI & University of Macedonia. Invited  speaker for the topic “The Role of Intelligence in Contemporary Security Challenges”. Thessaloniki, University of Macedonia  1-2 July 2010.

4.   Balkan Summit of Young Scientists: Invited speaker for the topic “Human Security and development”. The MET Hotel, Thessaloniki, 17-19 Dec. 2010.

5. Global Challenges: UN, EU and NATO in the New Security Environment. Invited speaker for the topic “From Human to Maritime Security: Anti-piracy operations. Strategy International 2nd International Security Conference, The MET Hotel, Thessaloniki, 10-11 Feb. 2011.

6. Illegal Immigration and Human Trafficking in Greece. Invited speaker for the topic “The Human Security – Organised Crime Nexus: the Balkan Route”. Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki, 23 Feb. 2011.

7. "Athena '11" Crisis Management International Conference. Invited speaker for the topic “The Climate Change and Human Security Nexus”. Hellenic Ministry of National Defense, "I. Vellidis Congress Centre", Thessaloniki, 1 - 4 June 2011.

  1. 2BS- To Be Secure Forum. Invited speaker in the panel “Maritime Security Challenges in Adriatic Sea – NATO Policy”. The Euro-Atlantic Club of Montenegro, Budva-Montenegro, 10-12 June 2011.
  2. "Regional Capacity Building in Countering Maritime Terrorism and Piracy: Influence to Future Maritime Interdiction Operations". Invited speaker for the topic “Could regional capacity building address local maritime security challenges with global implications?” NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center, Souda Bay-Crete, 28 - 30 June 2011.