ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SEMINAR 2019 – Cycle Β: New State of Affairs in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean

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Monday, July 1, 2019

10:00 – Welcome and briefing.
Dr. Constantinos Filis, Dr., General Director, I.I.R..

10:15-11:30 – A discussion with the Minister of Defence, Evangelos Apostolakis
Moderator:  Dr. Constantinos Filis

11:30-12:30 – Ms. Amy Carlon, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the U.S.A.
U.S. in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean:  Between isolation and engagement.

12:30-13:00 – Break.

13:00-14:00 – Plamen Tonchev, Head of Asian Studies, Institute of International Economic Relations.
China’s Silk Road.

14:00-15:00 – Constantine Arvanitopoulos, Professor, Panteion University.
Sleepwalkers in a changing regional environment


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

09:30-11:30Western Balkans: The EU, NATO and future challenges.
Marilena Koppa, Associate Professor, Panteion University.
Uncertainties and the role of outside powers in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Athanassios Platias, Professor, University of Piraeus


11:30-12:30 – Panel discussion: The Role of Media while solving the “Macedonian” problem
Sanja Ristovska
, MIA Correspondent in Greece.
Angelos Athanassopoulos, Journalist, To Vima Newspaper.

12:30-13:00 – Break.

13:00-14:00 – George Katrougalos, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Greece as a stabilizing factor in its environs

14:00-15:30 – Panel discussion:   Energy as a catalyst in the Eastern Mediterranean
Dr. Konstantinos Nikolaou, Energy expert, member of the Hydrocarbon Company of the Republic of Cyprus.
Dr. Kostas Karayannakos, Executive Director, DEPA S.A.

Afternoon Session:
19:00 – Visit to Mytilineos Group*


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

10:00-11:30 – Guest speaker: Burak Özügergin,  Ambassador of Turkey.
Turkey as a Regional power:  Aspirations and Reality

11:30-12:00 – Break

12:00-14:00 – Panel discussion: Security challenges in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean
Harry Papasotiriou, Professor; Director of the I.I.R.
The Syrian Crisis

Aristotelis Tziampiris, Professor of Piraeus University
East Mediterranean Perceptions

Nikolaos Tzifakis, Associate Professor, University of Peloponnese
The dangerous fluidity in Southeastern Europe


Thursday, July 4, 2019

10:30-11:30 – Gerasimos Antypas, Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Heading towards an economic nationalism.  The case of the US and the EU.

11:30-12:30 – George Koumoutsakos, Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs, New Democracy Party.
Continuity in Greece’s Foreign policy

12:30-13:00 – Break.

13:00-14:00 – Constantinos Filis, Dr., General Director, I.I.R..
Wrap up and Concluding Remarks.