The Thessaloniki International Symposium in World Affairs

Sunday 18 October 2015

About the Symposium

4th Thessaloniki Symposium in World Affairs
Thessaloniki, October 18, 2015



Welcoming Remarks
Dimitris Keridis, Director, Navarino Network
Stavros Andreadis, Chairman, The Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece
Giannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki
Susanna Vogt, Head of Greece Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

" The state of the European Union "

Key-note address by:

Joseph H. H. Weiler
President, European University Institute, Florence

Speaker's short bio


"Greece and the eurozone"

Joan Hoey,
Senior Analyst & Regional Editor-Europe, The Economist Intelligence Unit, London

Speaker's short bio

"The eurozone after the crisis" [recorded message]

Daniel Gros
Director, Centre for European Political Studies, Brussels

Speaker's short bio

" NATO after Ukraine "

Ambassador Thrassyvoulos Stamatopoulos,
Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Brussels

Speaker's short bio

Lunch break
" The Balkans today: A progress report "

Florian Bieber,
Professor, University of Graz & Director, Centre for South East European Studies, Austria

Speaker's short bio

Laza Kekic
Independent Consultant, formerly EIU Regional Director for Europe, London

" 25 years of post-communist transformations. Is it a success story? "

Grzegorz Ekiert,
Professor, Harvard University & Director, Centre for European Studies, Boston

Speaker's short bio

Coffee Break

"Report on a changing Middle East"

Anne Barnard,
Beirut Bureau Chief, The New York Times, Beirut

Speaker's short bio

"The new Middle East after the Arab Spring"

Thanassis Cambanis,
Journalist, Beirut & Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, New York

Speaker's short bio

"The Kurdish Spring: Engaging Kurds against the Islamic State"

David L. Phillips,
Director, Program on Peace-building and Rights, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, New York

Speaker's short bio

" The Russia-West relations after the Ukrainian crisis "

Nadia Arbatova,
Head, Department on European Political Studies, Institute for World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow

Speaker's short bio

Laza Kekic

End of the Symposium


Panels are chaired by:

  • Pavlos Gkasis, Lecturer, The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield - CITY College, Thessaloniki
  • Dimitris Keridis, Director, Navarino Network
  • Susanna Vogt, Head of Greece Office, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • David Wisner, Ph.D., Executive Director Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service, ACT

The working languages of the Symposium will be Greek and English.

Simultaneous translation will be available.

Certificates of participation will be awarded.



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: presale: 5 euros / at entrance: 10 euros

[* presale will start on September 21, 2015]

To buy a ticket you can choose one of the following options:

1st Option
2nd Option
3rd Option
Visit the Navarino Network offices
3, Apellou Street
T. 2310 260 322
Working hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:00 16:00
With deposit to the following bank account:
Alpha Bank
Account holder: Navarino Network
IBAN: GR25 0140 5620 5620 0200 2002 240


Tickets can be also bought from Northern Greece Entrepreneurs Cultural Society, Fragkon 6-8
(office hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-16:00) T.2310 551 754 | F.2310 551 748 | E.

After purchasing the ticket, please fill in the registration form.

Please make sure that on Sunday 12/10, you arrive at Olympion by 09.45 a.m. in order to get your ticket.

To pick up your tickets, please bring your ID or your student card!






Joseph H. H. Weiler

Florian Bieber


- (2014), Completing the EU Enlargement to the Balkans: Dancing the European Kolo. A step to the side or a step forward?, Centre for Southeast European Studies.
- (2014), Keep Up With Keeping Up!, Centre for Southeast European Studies.
Grzegorz Ekiert


Grzegorz Ekiert (2012), "Eastern Europe's Postcommunist Transformations", World Politics Review, pp. 15-21 .

Grzegorz Ekiert and Jan Kubik (2014), "Myths and Realities of Civil Society", Journal of Democracy, Volume 25, Number 1, pp. 46-58.

Thanassis Cambanis


Thanassis Cambanis (2014), "How can America really promote democracy abroad?", The Boston Globe.

Thanassis Cambanis (2015), "The Arab Spring was a revolution of the hungry", The Boston Globe.
Thanassis Cambanis (2015), "Confronting the Moscow Track for Syria", The Century Foundation.



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