30 SEPTEMBER 2013 / Antonis C. Samaras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic delivered a Special Fall Edition of the Annual SNF Lecture at the PIIE on The New Greece: a Stability Asset in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Prime Minister discussed Greece’s great progress towards fiscal health, its important role as a stable democracy in a rapidly destabilizing Mediterranean region, new important strategic partnerships with Israel and Cyprus to develop critical oil and gas fields in the region, the need to address high unemployment rates, as well as recent important domestic political developments and efforts to effectively contain political extremism.

Each May, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Lecture enables the Peterson Institute to present a leading figure in global economic policy-making and thinking for a major address on a topic of central concern to the US and international policy communities. The inaugural Stavros Niarchos Foundation Lecture was delivered by Alan Greenspan in 2001. Subsequent presenters have included Mario Monti, Nandan M. Nilekani, Lawrence H. Summers, Heizo Takenaka, Niall Ferguson, Jean-Claude Trichet, Long Yongtu, Ernesto Zedillo and Fred Bergsten.
Speech by Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President, Stavros Niarchos Foundation