Athens Lectures by the Hellenic Observatory

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The Hellenic Observatory in collaboration with the Hellenic Alumni Association and the support of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry is delighted to present a new series of public lectures.


The purpose of this series is to provoke vibrant discussion and debate about a range of key topics and subjects within the social sciences. The agenda is kept deliberately broad and the lectures are intended to be accessible to a general audience. We encourage attendance from across the wider university community, policy makers, professional public, and hope you will join us at the lectures.


The events are free and open to all but booking is essential. 

Online booking will open on Wednesday 10 January 2018. 

Venue: Hermes Hall, Αthens Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The lectures will be in English with simultaneous translation.


A welcome speech will be delivered before each of the lectures by Nikos C. Sofianos, President of the Hellenic Alumni Association, LSE (HAALSE). 



Lecture 1: Where is Brexit Heading?



Speaker: Simon Hix, Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, Department of Government, LSE; Academic Director, LSE Institute of Public Affairs; Fellow of the British Academy; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Chair: Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies; Head of the European Institute, LSE
Discussant: George Pagoulatos, Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB); Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges

Date: Monday 5 February 2018
Time: 19:00


What is the most likely outcome of the negotiations between the UK and the EU?  Is “no deal” really a possibility?  Simon Hix will analysis the underlying causes of the Brexit vote in the UK, and how these are shaping the position the UK government has been taking in the Brexit negotiations.  And, from the other side, he will discuss the economic and political interests of the EU and how they are shaping the EU’s position.  Putting these together, he will consider several scenarios, from a “good Brexit” (a comprehensive trade agreement, covering goods as well as services), to a “hard Brexit” (a very minimal agreement), and even a “no deal Brexit”.  He will also look at the potential economic and political consequences of these outcomes for the UK and Europe as a whole.



Lecture 2: Trump and the Future of American Power


Speaker: Peter Trubowitz, Department Head of International Relations and Director of the US Centre LSE; Director of Middle East Centre, LSE; Political Science and Associate Fellow, Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs
Chair: Spyros Economides, Associate Professor in International Relations
and European Politics, LSE; Director of the Hellenic Observatory
Discussant:  Alexis Papahelas, Investigative Journalist, Executive Editor of Kathimerini newspaper


Date: Monday 26 March 2018
Time: 19:00


Is the United States in retreat?  Should Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy be viewed as an aberration or as the “new normal” in American foreign policy?  In this lecture, Professor Trubowitz will argue that Trump’s foreign policy is symptomatic of a mounting popular backlash in the United States against long-standing liberal internationalist policies and practices.  He will discuss the roots of this backlash and consider its implications for the future of American power and the liberal international order.



Lecture 3: TBA


Speaker:  Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor of Media and Communications, Head of Media and Communication Department, LSE
Chair: Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies; Head of the European Institute, LSE
Discussant:   TBA


Date:  Thursday 31 May 2018
Time: 19:00


Further information here

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