Political Realignments in the Balkans: The Case of Greece

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Aristotle Tziampiris, University of Piraeus, Greece, & Visiting Scholar, Harriman Institute.

Tziampiris will begin by considering the theoretical implications of Samuel Huntington's prediction that cultural factors and considerations will move Greek foreign policy to gradually develop much closer and friendlier ties with Russia. Tziampiris will then proceed to examine the major changes and developments in Greek foreign policy in the Balkan region from 2004-2009. Emphasis will be placed on a series of energy-related deals with Moscow, as well as on disagreements with the United States over various aspects of the Macedonian name dispute and the recognition of Kosovo. The presentation will conclude by evaluating the relevance of cultural factors in the determination of policy decisions in Athens, and will then examine potential areas of cooperation and discord between Greece, Russia and the US in the near future.