The Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs

Sunday 21 October 2018

About the Symposium

Bringing together thought leaders from around the globe


Eastern Europe: Successes and failures on the road to convergence 30-1 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Anders Aslund,
Professor, Georgetown University & Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Anders Aslund is a resident senior fellow in the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. He also teaches at Georgetown University. He is a leading specialist on economic policy in Russia, Ukraine, and East Europe. Dr. Aslund has served as an economic adviser to several governments, notably the governments of Russia and Ukraine (1994-97). He is chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research, Warsaw, and of the Scientific Council of the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition. He has published widely and is the author of fourteen books. Previously, he worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He was a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and the founding director of the Stockholm Institute of East European Economics. He served as a Swedish diplomat in Kuwait, Poland, Geneva, and Moscow. He earned his PhD from Oxford University

Documenting inequality: photojournalism from the global periphery

Yannis Behrakis,
Senior Editor, Reuters

Yannis Behrakis was born in Athens in 1960. He studied photography at the Athens School of Arts and Technology and received his BA (Honours) in arts by the Middlesex University. He worked as Chief Photographer at Reuters for 30 years. Since 2017, he is Senior Editor of Special Projects, one of the most prestigious positions in the Agency. He is also ‘Ambassador’ of the Reuters photographic department globally. He often gives lectures to American and European Universities and is a visiting lecturer at the Indiana University. He has received some of the most important international awards: three times named European photojournalist of the year by Fujifilm (1999, 2002 and 2004), the first prize in the General News Stories category by the World Press Photo Foundation (2000), the POYi by the Missouri University (two times), the China International Photo Awards (five times), the Normandy Bayeux Awards for war correspondents (three times), the Botsis Foundation Award (2000), while he was the first winner of the Days in Japan in 2015-16. He was designated ‘photographer of the year’ by the Guardian and Reuters in 2015. At the same year, he was head of the Reuters’ photojournalists team that were awarded the Pulitzer price.

The making and unmaking of the modern Middle East

Fawaz Gerges,
Professor of International Relations, Emirates Chair in Contemporary Middle East Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science

Fawaz Gerges is a Lebanese-American academic and author with expertise on the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy, international relations, Al Qaeda, and relations between the Islamic and Western worlds. He is currently a Professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds the Emirates Chair of the Contemporary Middle East at the LSE and was the inaugural Director of the LSE Middle East Centre. In the past, he taught at Oxford, Harvard, and Columbia universities and was a research fellow at Princeton University for two years. He held the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs at Sarah Lawrence College. During his life, he has spent five years conducting field research in several Middle Eastern countries on several topics and subjects, including social movements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and jihadist groups like Al Qaeda, on Arab and Muslim politics in the 20th century, and relations between the West and the Muslim world. During the years, he has been the author of numerous books and publications and the Washington Post selected “The Far Enemy” as one of the best 15 books published in the field.

Russia in a world of power inequalities

Sergey Alexandrovich Karaganov,
Dean of the School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE)

Sergey Alexandrovich Karaganov is a Russian political scientist who heads the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, a security analytical institution founded by Vitaly Shlykov. He is also the dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at Moscow's Higher School of Economics. Karaganov was a close associate of Yevgeny Primakov and has been Presidential Advisor to both Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. Karaganov has been a member of the Trilateral Commission since 1998 and served on the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations from 1995 until 2005. He has also been Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe at the USSR (now Russian) Academy of Sciences since 1989. He is known as the progenitor of the Karaganov Doctrine, which states that Moscow should pose as the defender of human rights of ethnic Russians living in the 'near abroad' for the purpose of gaining political influence in these regions. In addition to his Doctrine, Karaganov has advocated for a united Sino-Russian strategy to unify a Eurasian bloc. He argues that the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and China's One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), will work together to promote economic integration throughout the region. Karaganov is the only intellectual from the former Soviet Union listed in the 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll, and only one of four from Eastern Europe..

Digital inequality and cyber security

Nimrod Kozlovski,
Senior Advisor on Internet laws, Ad-tech, Monetization and e-Commerce, Herzog Fox & Neeman Law Office

Nimrod Kozlovski is an expert investor in Cyber Security and a teaching professor on Internet and Cyber Law, Information Technology and Innovation with experience as a seasoned entrepreneur and Strategic & Legal Consultant. He received his doctorate in law (J.S.D) from Yale Law School and conducted his Post-Doctorate research in Computer Science on Proactive Security at Yale School of Computer Sciences. He was an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School and has written books and articles on Internet Law, Cyber Crime, Digital Law Enforcement and Copyright Law. He co-initiated the Yale-Harvard-MIT Cyber Scholars program, was a Research Fellow at Yale Information Society Project and was a summer Adjunct Lecturer at Oxford University for Internet studies. He joined Herzog Fox & Neeman in 2013 as a Senior Advisor on Internet laws, Ad-tech, Monetization and e-Commerce while formerly he was the co-founder of various innovative start-ups in the fields of Internet law, telecommunication regulation, information security and proactive security and to governmental and international security bodies.

Greece in the 21st century: The challenges ahead

Kyriakos Pierrakakis,
Director of Research, diaNEOsis

Kyriakos Pierrakakis is a PhD candidate in Political Economy at Heidelberg University. He is a graduate of Harvard University (Master of Public Policy), MIT (Master of Technology Policy) and Athens University of Economics and Business (Bachelor of Computer Science). He is research director of the research and analysis organization “diaNEOsis”. He has worked as a teacher and innovation co-ordinator at the AIT, as President of the Youth Institute, as a consultant at the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping and as a researcher at the Centre for American Progress in Washington and the Centre for Energy Policy and Environmental Policy Research at MIT. Dr Pierrakakis has scientific publications in journals and conference proceedings on issues of international political economy, technology policy and political science. He is a co-founder of a technology company, assistant researcher at Mannheim Centre for European Social Studies (MZES) and Athens University of Economics and Business (Information Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection Laboratory).




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







Contact Us

Navarino Network
Apellou 3
546 22 - Thessaloniki

tel.: +30 2310 260.322 
fax: +30 2310 260.332