The Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs

28-30 September 2012

About the Symposium

On the occasion of the centenary of Thessaloniki’s free existence (1912-2012), the Municipality of Thessaloniki, in cooperation with Navarino Network and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, organizes the first “Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs” between September 28 and 30, 2012, at “Olympion” in Aristotelous Square. The aim of this initiative is to support the international perspectives of Thessaloniki and to establish the Symposium as an annual meeting of experts on important international developments.

This year’s Symposium will revolve around three broad thematic axes:

1. Friday 28/9/2012, 17:00-21:00
"The Rise (and fall and rise) of China"

With Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, and author of the book "The Search for Modern China".

Read his short cv in English

2. Saturday 29/9/2012, 11:00-15:00 "Islam and the Arab Spring"

With James Piscatori, Professor of International Relations at Durham University, expert on Islam and Islamic political movements.

Read his short cv in English

3. Sunday 30/9/2012, 11:00-15:00 "The Decline of the West and Europe? "

With Loukas Tsoukalis, Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), with the participation of European experts through video.

Read his short cv in English


English and Greek will be the working languages of the Symposium. Simultaneous translation will be provided.



The Venue

Located in the downtown area of Thessaloniki, on the Plateia Aristotelous, Olympion Cinema is a popular cinema hall. The grand facade of the theater, housed in an impressive building that was built in the 1920s, looks especially beautiful in the night, when it is all alight and glowing. The theater is also one of the venues of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.


Ways of Payment

General Admission Tickets for the whole three days: 30 euros

Student Tickets for the whole three days: 15 euros





Symposium's Lectures

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Jonathan Spence

Listen to Dr. Jonathan Spence via podcast


Jonathan D. Spence: The Search for Modern China, W. W. Norton & Company, 1990.
Henry Kissinger: On China, Penguin Books, 2011.

James Piscatori


Dale F. Eickelman & James Piscatori : Muslim Politics, Princeton University Press, 2004.
John L. Esposito: What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2011.
Tamim Ansary: Destiny Disrupted - A History of the World through Islamic Eyes, Public Affairs ed., 2009.

Loukas Tsoukalis

Read one of his latest articles about Greece in the Euro Area published at the Peterson Institute of International Economics in March 2012
Interview with Loukas Tsoukalis at Hurriyet, July 2012: "Greece needs a promoter of change like Turk PM Erdogan"


Jean Pisani-Ferry: "The Demons Awake: The Euro Crisis and how to emerge from it", Notre Europe, 20 December 2011.
Timothy Garton Ash: "The Crisis of Europe: How the Union Came Together and Why It's Falling Apart", Foreign Affairs 91. 5 (Sep/Oct 2012).

"What's wrong with Europe?"
Ms Maria Damanaki (message in Greek)
Dr Daniel Gros
Prof. Kalypso Nicolaidis
Dr Wolfango Piccoli



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