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Hellenic American Leadership Council: The Greek Current

A podcast on Greece, Cyprus and the region brought to you by The Hellenic American Leadership Council and Kathimerini. Hosted by Thanos Davelis.

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"I will not forget!": Commemorating the Pontian Genocide

Greece’s leaders commemorated the 103rd anniversary of the genocide of the Greeks of the Pontus region today, in which at least 353,000 Pontian Greeks perished. This was a major phase of a larger genocide of Christians in Turkey that also targeted Armenians, Assyrians, and Greeks from Asia Minor and eastern Thrace. Professor Alexander Kitroeff, a Professor of History at Haverford College whose...

Mitsotakis meets with Biden and delivers historic address to Congress

We’re taking you to Washington, DC today, where Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis just wrapped up a two day trip that included a meeting at the White House with President Biden and a historic address to a joint session of Congress. Lena Argiri, the DC Correspondent for ERT - the Greek Public Broadcasting Company, joins Thanos Davelis with the latest analysis. You can read the articles we discuss...

Why is Erdogan standing in the way of Sweden and Finland's NATO bid?

Turkey surprised its NATO allies last week by saying it would not view the applications of Sweden and Finland positively, and on Monday Turkish President Erdogan doubled down on comments last week indicating that the two Nordic countries´ path to NATO would be anything but smooth. Erdogan also cited Greece to express his disagreement over Finland and Sweden joining the transatlantic alliance....

Why the views of ordinary Turks to the war in Ukraine should matter to the West

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Western policymakers have watched Erdogan’s balancing act between Turkey’s NATO allies and Russia closely, seeing the war as an opportunity to pull Ankara back into the Western fold. As a result, several NATO countries have helped boost Erdogan’s image in recent weeks with diplomatic visits and new offers of previously off-limits arms deals. Merve Tahiroglu,...

President Zelenskyy talks about Greece, Turkey, and Ankara's "double standards"

 Earlier this week Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy gave an all encompassing interview which aired on ERT - the Greek public broadcaster - and was later published in Kathimerini, in which he discussed Greece’s support for Ukraine, Turkey’s attempts to mediate a peace deal, Ankara’s “double standards” vis-a-vis the West and Russia, and much more more. Yiannis Souliotis, who traveled to Kyiv to...

New FSRU in Alexandroupoli highlights Greece's key role as a regional energy hub

The official launch of the new floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) at Alexandroupoli is taking place on Tuesday this week. This marks an important milestone not only for Greece’s role as a regional energy hub, but also for the Balkans. The launch will take place with the prime ministers of Greece, Bulgaria and North Macedonia, and the president of Serbia in attendance, along with the...

PM Mitsotakis' visit to DC, what it means for US-Greece relations, and more

It was recently announced that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the White House next month and deliver what’s been described as a historic address to a joint session of Congress. This week we also saw two marathon hearings in the Senate and the House, where Secretary Blinken was grilled by members of Congress on the administration’s broader foreign policy strategy that covered...

A 'travesty of justice': The conviction of Osman Kavala and the US response

This week a Turkish court condemned Turkish philanthropist and civic leader Osman Kavala to life in prison, a verdict that’s been described as a “travesty of justice.” The State Department also chimed in, expressing its deep concern. Its statement only mentioned Osman Kavala, however, failing to call out Turkey for upending the lives of the other defendants, including Professor Henri Barkey, a...

An exciting time in US-Greece relations: A discussion with Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt

Today US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt joins our host Thanos Davelis for a look at the latest high level congressional visits to Greece, Greece’s important strategic position in the region and its role in the battle to wean Europe off of Russian gas in light of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and the strong confidence on both sides of the Atlantic in the US-Greece partnership. You can read the...