Events

29Mar15:0016:00ACG Prime Ministers’ Forum: an interactive discussion with Mr. Antonis Samaras15:00 - 16:00

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When: Friday, March 29, 2019 15:00-16:00 (Activity Hour)
Where: Deree – The American College of Greece, Upper Level, John S. Bailey Library

“ACG Prime Ministers’ Forum”

We would like to invite you to an interactive discussion with Mr. Antonis Samaras,
former Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic.

Moderator: Haris Vlavianos, Director, Institute of Global Affairs
Welcome remarks by Claudia Carydis, Vice President, Office of Public Affairs

Organized by: Institute of Global Affairs, Office of Public Affairs

06Mar18:30The US Role in the Greek Debt Crisis18:30

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by Katerina Sokou, Washington DC Correspondent, Kathimerini – SKAI TV

Discussion to follow with: Panagiotis Pikrammenos, Former Caretaker Prime Minister, Gikas Hardouvelis, Former Minister of Finance, George Papakonstantinou, Former Minister of Finance, and George Chouliarakis, Alternate Minister of Finance

Moderator: Alexis Papahelas, Chief Editor, Kathimerini

When: Wednesday March 6, 2019, 18:30

Where: John S. Bailey Library

Organized by: ACG Institute of Global Affairs, Office of Public Affairs

A cocktail reception will follow

RSVP: [email protected] – 210-6009800, ext. 1509

04Dec13:3015:00Women in Diplomacy - Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Public Life13:30 - 15:00

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Female leaders discuss current trends and politics for women in public service.

When: Tuesday December 4, 13:30 – 15:00

Where: John S. Bailey Library, Upper Level

Organized by: ACG Institute of Global Affairs, Office of Public Affairs in collaboration with Women Act.

Supported by: ACG Center of Excellence for Sustainability and the ACG School of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


A conversation with: 

H.E. the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Ms. Kate Smith 

H.E. the Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Charlotte Sammelin 

H.E. the Ambassador of India, Ms. Shamma Jain 

H.E. the Ambassador of Australia, Ms. Kate Logan 

Moderator, Prof. Haris Vlavianos, Director of IGA


Kate Smith

HE Ms Kate Smith CMG has been Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic since January 2017. 

She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1987, and took up her first diplomatic post overseas in Athens in 1991, serving as Second Secretary Political and Press Attaché. She returned to London in 1994 to the Non-Proliferation Department of the FCO, focusing on Chemical and Biological Weapons. Later she served at the UN in New York at the Security Council and in a number of roles in London relating to Defence and Security issues, including in the aftermath of the 2003 war in Iraq. 

Ms Smith became Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Tehran from 2005–2007 and was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours for 2008. 

On return from Tehran, she was seconded to Royal Dutch Shell as an international adviser from 2008, subsequently joining the company as Head of UK Governmental Relations from 2009 until 2012. On returning to the FCO in 2012 she served as Director Americas until 2016. 

Ms Smith grew up in Croydon, South London and was educated at Oxford University, graduating in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1986. 


Charlotte Sammelin

Charlotte Sammelin is serving since September 2017 as the Ambassador of Sweden to Greece. During her career at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs she has focused on particularly European Union policies and economic issues ranging from EU foreign policy, neighbourhood, accession negotiations, trade, the EU internal market and the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. Prior to arriving to Athens she was Deputy Director General at the Department for International Trade and EU Internal Market at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm during 2015-1017.

Before that Ambassador Sammelin worked for 12 years in Brussels in various positions, such as Advisor in the Support Group for Ukraine in the European Commission (DG Near), Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy and in the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU. She has also served at the Swedish Embassy in Madrid. Before joining the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs she was a consultant at the OECD in Paris on territorial development and agriculture. Ambassador Sammelin holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science, European Law and Economics from the Ludwig Maximilian Universität in Munich, Germany.


Shamma Jain

Ambassador Shamma Jain, a career diplomat, assumed charge in Athens in December 2017.

Her last assignment was as Ambassador of India to Panama, from 2014 to 2017, with concurrent accreditation to Nicaragua and Costa Rica.  She has also served as Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire from 2008 to 2011, with concurrent accreditation to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

Earlier, she worked at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, as Joint Secretary in the Policy Planning and Counter-Terrorism Division, followed by a stint at the Indian Council of World Affairs, Delhi, one of the oldest think-tanks in India, declared as “an institution of national importance” by the Indian Parliament.  She has also worked as Director in the Division of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) at the Ministry.

She has served in the Indian Missions in different capacities, including as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Italy, Minister in the Philippines, and Political Counsellor in Washington D.C. She has also held diplomatic assignments in Turkey, at the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, Paris, and in Argentina.

She holds a double Master’s in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) by the President of Liberia, Nobel Laureate, Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for her contribution to the promotion of India-Liberia relations.


Kate Logan

Kate Logan is a senior career officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  She was most recently Assistant Secretary of the Executive Branch, supporting Ministers and the Secretary in leadership and management of the department.

Ms Logan was Assistant Secretary of the Papua New Guinea and Fiji Branch between 2012 and 2016, with responsibility for managing Australia’s political and economic relations with those countries.

She was Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2005-2007, with responsibility for South and South-east Asia and terrorism issues.  Ms Logan’s earlier roles in the department include Director of the Pakistan section, Director of the Counter-Terrorism section and Executive Officer in the Arms Control and Western Europe branches.

Overseas, Ms Logan has served as Counsellor and Head of the Political Section at the Australian Embassy in Paris, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian High Commission in Colombo and First Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Athens.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honours, majoring in international law) and a Bachelor of Arts (with honours) from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University.

19Sep15:0016:00Greece: The Day After15:00 - 16:00

Event Details

An interactive discussion between ACG students and Alexis Papahelas
Editor in Chief of Kathimerini

Moderated by Prof. Haris Vlavianos
Director, Institute of Global Affairs

Welcome remarks by Claudia Carydis
Vice President, Office of Public Affairs

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 15:00 – 16:00

Where: John S. Bailey Library, Upper Level

Organized by: Institute of Global Affairs, Office of Public Affairs

In collaboration with:
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
History Society
Communication Society
International Honors Society

 

28Jun18:30The Current Uncertain International Environment18:30

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From the point of view of Greece
From the point of view of Cyprus

Elias Clis
Ambassador ad hon.

Dimitrios Contoumas
Ambassador ad hon.

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, June 28, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107

21Jun18:30Greece’s New Geopolitics and its Foreign Policy18:30

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Nikos Filis
Member of the Parliament, Former Minister

George S. Koumoutsakos
Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs, MP, Nea Demokratia

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, June 21, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


George S. Koumoutsakos

Curriculum vitae

George Koumoutsakos is a member of the Hellenic Parliament and Nea Demokratia’s Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Nea Demokratia’s contact person for Brexit with the EPP. He is a member of the National Council for Foreign Policy and of the Standing Committee for National Defense & Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament.

He studied Political Science and holds postgraduate degrees in Diplomacy and Defense Policy and in International Politics (magna cum laude distinction).

He was a career Diplomat at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he also served as the Spokesman.

He was a Member of the European Parliament. In 2013 he was elected “MEP of the Year” in the Transport category. He was awarded the “Eukrantis Award” for his contribution to the international promotion of Greek shipping as a MEP.

He was the Spokesman of Nea Demokratia during 2016.


Nikos Filis is a Greek politician and journalist. He held the office of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs of Greece from 23 September 2015 to 5 November 2016.

Early life and education

Filis was born in Athens in 1960. He studied law the University of Athens and was heavily involved in protests at the time. He was a member of both the Central Committee and Senate of the national students union, EFEE, and was secretary of the youth of the Communist Party of Greece (Interior).

Journalism

Since 2008, Filis has been the director of the Greek newspaper Dawn. He has been a member of the board of the Greek journalists union, ESIEA. He has worked as an editor at various radio stations, including FLASH, Polis, VimaFm and EPA 4. He has written a number of articles on politics for newspapers Ta Nea, Epochi and the magazines Anti and Politis’. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Greek Press.

Political career

Filis is a member of the Central Committee of Syriza. In March 2015, Filis was one of only five Syriza MPs to turn down the offer of a state car. In an interview with Mega TV in May 2015, Filis stated that: “A state must be ready for every eventuality. A Greek default is a concern of the whole of Europe. There is a systemic risk there. The chosen strategy is to negotiate an agreement but we are ready for every possible outcome.”

14Jun18:30Modern Nationalism in Russia and Turkey18:30

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Thanos Veremis
Prof. Emeritus, Athens University

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, June 14, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Thanos Veremis (D. Phil, Oxon)

is Professor Emeritus of Political history at the University of Athens, Department of European and International Studies and Founding Member of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

He has been Research Associate, at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London 1978-79; Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard Univ. 1983; Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton Univ. 1987; Visiting Fellow, St. Antony’s College, Oxford 1993-94; Constantine Karamanlis Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford Massachusetts (2000-2003); and more recently President of the National Council of Education, 2004-2010 .

Publications include: The Military in Greek Politics, London: Hurst & Co (1997); with Mark Dragoumis, Greece, World Bibliographical Series, vol.17, Oxford: Clio Press (1998); with John Koliopoulos, Greece. The Modern Sequel, London: Hurst & Co, (2002); The Balkans. Construction and Deconstruction of States, Patakis (2005); Modern Greece: A History since 1821, Wiley- Blackwell (2010); Eleftherios Venizelos: A Biography, Pella Publishers (2011).

07Jun18:30At the Heart of Eurasia: Central Asia's Growing Significance18:30

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Plamen Tonchev
Head of Asia Unit, Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER)

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, June 7 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Mr Plamen Tonchev holds an MA degree in International Relations from the University of Athens, Greece. Since 1998, Plamen has been a Senior Researcher and Head of Asia Unit at the Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER). In addition, he has acted as an EU expert on a number of missions to Asian countries. The list of his publications includes books as well as monographs and articles in academic journals on international political and economic developments. Plamen has given lectures at many universities and think-tanks in Europe and Asia. Mr Tonchev is a founding member of the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) and a member of the EU chapter of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Committee.

24May18:30100 years after birth and one year after his death - Konstantinos Mitsotakis and the Open Society18:30

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Dimitris Dimitrakos
Professor Emeritus, Political Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Nikos Marantzidis
Professor of political science in the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki), Visiting professor at Charles University in Prague

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, May 24 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Nikos Marantzidis is professor of political science in the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki) and visiting professor at Charles University in Prague. He has also a cooperation with Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. His main scientific interestes are electoral analysis and comparative politics.

Dimitris Dimitrakos is a Greek philosopher, currently Professor Emeritus of Political Philosophy in the Philosophy of Science Department of the University of Athens. He originally studied economics at theLondon School of Economics), taking part in seminars given there by Karl Popper, before obtaining a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy at the University of Paris with a thesis on Antonio Gramsci. Since then he has taught at the Universities of Paris, Reims, Thessaly and Athens and as a visiting professor at the LSE. His work covers many areas of epistemology, political philosophy and social theory which include Karl Popper’s philosophy of science and society, analytical aspects of Marxism, the role of rationalism and liberalism in social and political theory as well as individual rights and democratic theory. He has also written extensively on civil society, nationalism and current political problems. His research interests focus on economic theory, liberalism and the epistemology of social sciences. In July 2002, he was a speaker at the Karl Popper centenary conference held in Vienna. He is currently President of the “Open Society”, an association for the promotion of principles of democracy, liberalism, the rule of law, human rights and civil society in Greece.

17May18:30The Truths of the Others, Do we Understand Turkey?18:30

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Panayiotis C. Ioakimidis, PhD
Professor Emeritus, University of Athens

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, May 17 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Bio

Professor Panayiotis (Takis) C. Ioakimidis

P.C. Ioakimidis, B.A, M.Sc, Ph.D is emeritus professor of European integration, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens. He has been Visiting Professor at the Hellenic School of Public Administration (Athens), the Centre for Diplomatic Studies of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Athens), the NATO Defence College (Rome) and other academic institutions. He has lectured widely on European Union issues in Europe and the USA and written extensively on European integration issues.

P.C. Ioakimidis served as an adviser (Ambassador/Councilor) on European Union Affairs to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the Prime Minister     C. Simitis. In this capacity, he took part in all major EU negotiations, including the negotiations for the Single European Act, the Treaty of Maastricht and the Treaty of Amsterdam. He was the Greek Representative to the Intergovernmental Conference for the Nice Treaty (2000) and Alternate Member to the European Convention for drawing up the European Constitution (2002-2003).Among others, he served as President of the Administrative Board and General Director of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM) as well as a member of the Governing Board of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP.).

10May18:30On the Quality and Survival of Democracy18:30

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Vassilis Kontogiannopoulos
Former Minister

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, May 10 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Bio

Vassilis Kontogiannopoulos was born in Amaliada in 1942. He is a graduate of Varvakios School and the School of Law of the University of Athens. He received his Masters in International Commercial Law and European Studies from Sorbonne University.

In 1974 he was elected MP with New Democracy in the Elis Prefecture and continuously served as such until 1996. In 1998 he was expelled from New Democracy and in 2000 he was elected MP with PASOK in the B’ Athens prefecture.

He served as Deputy Minister and Minister of Education in the Cabinets of K. Karamanlis, G. Rallis, Tzanis Tzannetakis, X. Zolotas and K. Mitsotakis. He also served as Minister of Industry, Energy and Trade in the K. Mitsotakis Cabinet and as Deputy Minister of Health in the K. Simitis Cabinet.

He has written books on Educational Politics and Politics in general. He is married and the father of one daughter.

03May18:30The Political Economy of Reforms: Lessons from the International and the Greek experience18:30

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On the occasion of the latest book of Dimitris Skalkos
“Is Greece Changing? The Political Economy of Reforms” (Epikentro Publications)

Discussion
“The Political Economy of Reforms: Lessons Learned from International and Greek Experience”

Dimitris Skalkos
Political scientist-international relations specialist
Special Service for Institutional Support – Unit B
General Secretariat for Public Investments – NSRF
Ministry of Economy & Development

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, May 3 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Bio

Dimitris Skalkos was born in Athens in 1971. He studied political sciences at the Panteion University in Athens and completed postgraduate studies in international relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is a PhD candidate in institutional economics at the University of Peloponnese. He works in the management of European structural and investment Funds. He served as a special advisor for the Ministries of the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness. He has authored three books on political theory and political economy. His articles appear regularly in various publications and he is a member of the editorial board of The Books’ Journal.

26Apr18:30Foreign Policy: Risks and Challenges18:30

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Alexis Papachelas
Εxecutive Editor, Kathimerini Newspaper

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, April 26 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107

19Apr18:30Why do they hate us? Anti-Americanism in Greece and France18:30

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Soti Triantafyllou, PhD
Writer & Historian

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, April 19, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Soti Triantafyllou

Historian and writer, born in Athens (1957), living in Paris.

Soti Triantafyllou studied Pharmacy and French Literature at the University of Athens, American History and Civilization at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (PhD) and did post-doctoral research in Paris and New York. She is the author of a dozen novels, numerous short stories and essays.

12Apr18:30Rentier-State Theory and the Greek crisis18:30

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Asteris Huliaras
Professor, Department of Political Science & International Relations, University of the Peloponnese

Moderator
Dr. Andreas Andrianopoulos
Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs, The American College of Greece

When: Thursday, April 12, 18:30

Where: 17b Ipitou Street, Plaka, Athens

Organized by: Institute of Diplomacy & Global Affairs

For more information, please contact: 210 600 9800 ext. 1107


Asteris Huliaras is Professor in comparative politics and international relations in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of the Peloponnese. He holds a Jean Monnet Chair in EU Relations with Less Developed Countries. He specializes in North-South relations, international development assistance and foreign policy analysis.