Dimitri Kitsikis, Honorary President, Dimitri Kitsikis Public Foundation; Professor, University of Ottawa, Greece

 

Dimitri Kitsikis is a professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and honorary president of the Dimitri Kitsikis Public Foundation in Athens (established by way of presidential decree).

He received his doctoral degree from the University of the Sorbonne (Paris) in 1962 and has since been teaching political ideologies and geopolitics. He is a specialist of Greek-Turkish relations, China, the Middle East and the History of international relations. His numerous books and articles have been published in many languages.

As a recognized intellectual in Greece and in Turkey, Dimitri Kitsikis has influenced politicians, journalists, artists and thinkers in both countries. He was in particular a close friend and former advisor of both Greek President Constantine Karamanlis senior and Turkish President Turgut Özal. Also he is the founder of the concept of the “Intermediate Region” of civilization, extending from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River, between the Euro-American West and the Hindu-Chinese East.

Throughout his career, he has worked to reconcile issues between Greeks and Turks in order to unite them into a Confederation and to revive the Ottoman Empire. He has furthermore closely collaborated with Shia Muslims in Iran, Jews in Israel and Hindus in India in an effort to encourage dialogue among religious communities. He also kept close ties with Chinese leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, through his trips in China.

Also he is author of 81 books as well as of many hundreds of scientific articles.