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The Greeks of Diaspora

A new chapter in Greek-African relations or a flash in the pan?

by George Philipas When Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias heralded a new chapter in relations between Africa and Greece to a gathered host of African ambassadors for Africa Day to mark the establishment of the African Union late last month, it hardly made waves. Statements of good intention towards the oft-neglected continent are nothing new. But a flurry of recent diplomatic activity, including a new diplomatic mission in Dakar, Senegal and the announcement that Greece will contribute to the [...]

September 2nd, 2021|Diaspora|

Donald Kagan, leading ancient Greece historian, died at 89

Donald Kagan, a prominent classical scholar, contentious defender of traditional education and architect of neo-conservative foreign policy, has died at age 89. Kagan, a professor emeritus at Yale University and father of historians Robert and Frederick Kagan, died Aug. 6 at a retirement home in Washington, D.C. Donald Kagan was a Lithuanian native, raised in New York City, who studied ancient Greece in college and was inspired by the “remarkable assumption that the human being is not trivial.” Regarding himself [...]

August 13th, 2021|Diaspora|

Stephen G. Miller, the “proud lion” of Nemea, dies

The great archaeologist and philhellene, professor Stephen G. Miller has died, aged 79. In 1973, Professor Miller has been appointed Director of Excavations at the site of Ancient Nemea under the auspices of the University of California at Berkeley. As Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens from 1982-1987 and leader of the excavations for five decades, Miller dedicated his life to promote the archaeological site of Ancient Nemea. The ancient stadium of Nemea [...]

August 11th, 2021|Diaspora|

The future of Modern Greek Studies

“Greek Studies Now: A Cultural Analysis Network” sprang in 2019 from a partnership between two vibrant research communities working on the culture of Modern Greece and South Europe in the universities of Oxford and Amsterdam. It was initiated by professors Dimitris Papanikolaou and Maria Boletsi together with the newly made website greekstudiesnow.org which seems to be a promising achievement Maria Boletsi is Endowed Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Amsterdam (Marilena Laskaridou Chair) and assistant professor in Film [...]

July 22nd, 2021|Diaspora|

Nikitas Koutoupes: Greece can become a major European tech hub

On March 02, 2021, SEV and Endeavor Greece co-organized the leading global Digital Conference “Innovative Greeks”. Nikitas Koutoupes*, managing director at Insight Partners, participated at the panel discussion “Foreign investors who never invested in Greek companies”.George Vailakis asked him about investment opportunities in Greece and his so far experience from the country. I left Greece to study in the United States three decades ago, and it is only in the last three years that I have become acquainted with the [...]

May 18th, 2021|Diaspora|

John Chrysoulakis: “Greek diaspora is a strategic priority for our country”

Secretary General for Public Diplomacy and Greeks Abroad, J. Chrysoulakis reveals his plans for the Greek Diaspora, analyses the relations with the Greek communities abroad, talks about the biggest challenge he has to manage and refers to the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution and the participation of the Greeks Abroad in the celebrations interview by George Vailakis What are the programs that you are currently implementing at the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry for [...]

May 3rd, 2021|Diaspora|

Where have all the Greeks gone? The story of Greeks in Africa

by George Philipas From Egypt to South Africa, the Greeks came in their thousands and then they left. Today there remain only few Greeks in Africa, mainly in the metropolises of South Africa. These last remnants only hint at a rich past that tied generations of Greeks to the vast African continent. There are some who still remember this prosperous past. Minis Papapetrou, a retired engineer who grew up in Sudan and now resides in Athens, describes how he and [...]

April 22nd, 2021|Diaspora|

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou appointed Co-Chair of the COVAX Shareholders Council

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, a French medical doctor of Greek origin and member of the European Parlianment, was appointed Co-Chair of the COVAX Shareholders Council. https://twitter.com/vonderleyen/status/1382428478193102848 The COVAX mechanism, a global collaboration to which the EU is a major contributor, will deliver 32 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 59 countries by the first quarter of 2021, and aims to secure 1.3 billion doses for 92 low and middle-income countries by the end of the year. https://twitter.com/EU_UNGeneva/status/1382367902582603777 Chrysoula Zacharopoulou wrote the [...]

April 14th, 2021|Diaspora|
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