12.10.2021: "The reorganization of the West"

KYKLOS IDEON, in collaboration with SYMEON G. TSOMOKOS S.A., holds its annual conference under the title ELLADA META (Greece Meta) for the fifth consecutive year. The conference “ELLADA META V” will be held on 11 and 12 October 2021, synthesized around the following question: From crisis to normality or crisis as a normality?

The first section is dedicated to the position of Greece facing new challenges with major impact on every future aspect: climate change, artificial intelligence, the risk of an ongoing health crisis. 

The subject of the second section is the objective of inclusiveness. Currently, the Greek economy is amid crisis, recovery, new inequalities and transformation. We will discuss the plan for the utilisation of European resources (not just the NGEU recovery fund, but also the new NSRF and the new CAP), more generally the emerging fiscal and financial framework, and the ways new opportunities are seized by the large competitive enterprises, but also by small, very small and medium enterprises, both in traditional industries and new technology sectors.

The third section deals with the strategic reorganization of the West following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the role of NATO and repercussions for the Mediterranean and the Balkans. The aim of the discussion is to subsequently recontextualize critical questions of Greek foreign and security policy. The third section was sponsored by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division.

The fourth section focuses on the new dilemmas of the EU and analyses the importance the debate on the future of Europe (which has already begun within the EU institutions) practically and directly has for Greece.

The fifth section concentrates on the social and political context and framework. It discusses the changes that have recently taken place in the social stratification, the representativeness and resilience of the political system, the impact, on the one side, of the new, increasingly stricter, versions of “political correctness” and, on the other side, the more aggressive forms of irrationality.

The conference took place in a hybrid form, using internet facilities, at the Benaki Museum, Athens.



12:50- 15:30 Third circle: The reorganization of the West after Afghanistan: repercussions in the Mediterranean and the Balkans*

*The event is sponsored by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division


  • 12:50 – 13:10 EEST In conversation (in greek):

Ino Afentouli, Program Manager for Partnerships, Cooperative Security and Open Door policies and Program Officer for Greece, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO

Odin Linardatou, Journalist


Ελλάδα Μετά V, Η ανασυγκρότηση της Δύσης| Ι. Αφεντούλη- Ο. Λιναρδάτου [12.10.2021] from e-kyklos on Vimeo.


  • 13:10 – 14:00 Panel discussion (in Greek)

Dimitris Kairidis, Professor of International Relations, Panteion University, Member of the Hellenic Parliament

Spyros Litsas,  Professor of International Relations, University of Macedonia

Soti Triantafyllou,  Writer, historian

Loukas Tsoukalis, President, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy, Prof., Sciences Po, Paris, Professor, University of Athens

Moderator: Aggelos Kovaios, journalist


Ελλάδα Μετά V, Η ανασυγκρότηση της Δύσης | Πανελ 1 [12.10.2021] from e-kyklos on Vimeo.


  • 14:00 – 14:20 In conversation (in English):

David Gordon, Senior Advisor & Former Eurasia Group Chairman

Aggelos Athanasopoulos, journalist


Ellada Meta V, The reorganization of the West | D. Gordon - A. Athanasopoulos [12.10.2021] from e-kyklos on Vimeo.


  • 14:20 – 14:40 In conversation (in English):

Edward Luce, journalist; Financial Times chief US commentator; columnist based in Washington, D.C.

Pavlos Tsimas, journalist


Ellada Meta V : Ed. Luce - P. Tsimas | The reorganization of the West [12.10.2021] from e-kyklos on Vimeo.


  • 14:40 – 15:30 Panel discussion (in Greek):

Ioannis Alexios Zepos, Ambassador (ad hon.), Former Secretary-General of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Former Permanent Representative of Greece to NATO

George Prevelakis, Professor Emeritus of Geopolitics, University of Sorbonne (Paris 1), Research Professor,  CNRS (UMR Géographie-cités)

Katerina Sokou, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Kathimerini newspaper and SKAI TV correspondent in Washington

Constantinos Filis,  Associate Professor, American College of Greece & member of the Advisory Board at Panteion University’s Institute of International Relations

George Tzogopoulos , Research Fellow, Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) and ELIAMEP, Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Law of the Democritus University of Thrace , author of “The Miracle of China: The New Symbiosis with the World”

Moderator: Vassilis Nedos, journalist


Κύκλος Ιδεών: Ελλάδα Μετά V, Η ανασυγκρότηση της Δύσης | Πανελ 2 [12.10.2021] from e-kyklos on Vimeo.


 * For the whole Conference, see here: https://ekyklos.gr/ev/810-11-12-oktovriou-2021-i-ellada-meta-v-apo-tin-krisi-stin-kanonikotita-i-i-krisi-os-kanonikotita.html