A podcast on Greece, Cyprus and the region by The Hellenic American Leadership Council
House Democrats elect a new Foreign Affairs chairman
Congressman Gregory Meeks was elected as the first African American chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, winning a caucus wide vote against Congressman Joaquin Castro. The contest at times had the feel of a battle between Democratic leadership and the more progressive wing of the party over what its foreign-policy platform should be. Laura Kelly, a DC based journalist who covers foreign policy for The Hill, joins The Greek Current to discuss today’s vote and what it could mean for President-elect Biden’s efforts to implement his foreign policy vision.
Pompeo slams Turkey for undermining NATO cohesion
The US and Turkey targeted each other on Tuesday during a NATO ministerial meeting, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accusing Ankara of stoking tensions with fellow allies in the Mediterranean and of giving a gift to the Kremlin by purchasing the Russian-made S-400 missile system. The sharp clash highlighted divisions and tensions within NATO, where Turkey is increasingly at odds with its allies.
Remembering Rep. John Lewis and fighting for a socially just democracy and a more perfect union
The Saint Andrew’s Freedom Forum hosted its annual Human Rights and Religious Freedom Forum together with the Hellenic American Leadership Council. The event featured a number of US Representatives, and a powerful address by Archbishop Elpidophoros on social justice and a more perfect union. Andreas Akaras, an attorney with a background in public and government affairs who is also the founder of the Saint Andrews Freedom Forum, joins us to talk about its important work and its commitment to fighting for religious freedom and human rights.
Greece calls on Turkey to implement a moratorium on activities in the East Med
Today, Turkey’s seismic research vessel, the Oruc Reis, returned to port from an area within Greece's continental shelf. The move comes less than two weeks before an EU summit where European leaders will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara. Greece has also made it clear that there can be no discussions with Turkey unless Ankara implements a moratorium on exploratory activities. Vassilis Nedos, Kathimerini’s diplomatic and defense editor, joins The Greek Current to analyze the latest news.
President Trump grants full pardon to former adviser Michael Flynn
President Trump granted a full pardon to his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Michael Flynn had twice pleaded guilty for lying to the F.B.I. about his conversations with a Russian diplomat, and had also admitted as part of his guilty plea that he provided false information to the Justice Department about work he did for Turkish interests while serving as a top adviser on the Trump campaign. HALC’s Managing Director Georgia Logothetis and Petros Kasfikis, the Washington, DC correspondent for Mega TV in Greece and the Athens News Agency, join us today to discuss this breaking news.
What do Biden's picks for key national security positions tell us?
Today President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his nominations for a number of key national security positions that point to a distinct break from the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy, including Secretary of State and national security adviser. Endy Zemenides, HALCs Executive Director, joins us as we look at what these nominations will mean for US foreign policy, and the Biden administration's approach to the Eastern Mediterranean.