The U.S. Role in the Greek Debt Crisis: Vested Outsider, Trusted Mediator


Katerina Sokou, IERES Visiting Scholar
Katerina Sokou will present her research on the U.S. government’s engagement in the management of the Greek debt crisis. Based on dozens of interviews with American, European, and Greek officials, this case-study on transatlantic engagement will show the merits and limitations of U.S. influence in tackling the debt crisis and warding off the uncertainties and upheaval that would have followed a Greek exit from the Eurozone.  The presentation will show how America’s mediating role between Greece and its international creditors - the EU and IMF - helped improve bilateral relations, leading to deeper co-operation on a wide range of important issues for U.S. strategic interests in Europe, including in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.
Katerina Sokou is a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Greek daily Kathimerini and SKAI TV . She is a frequent contributor to U.S. and European media on Greece and the Eurozone. Among others, she has covered transatlantic relations, international financial organizations, and the Eurozone financial crisis, interviewing senior officials and prominent economists. Ms. Sokou obtained a B.A. in History from the University of Ioannina, Greece, an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK, and an M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism. In the past, she worked at the business desk of the Washington Post , was International Financial News editor at  Kathimerini,  and a financial reporter at  To Vima  newspaper, where she covered Greece’s entry to the Eurozone.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St NW
This event is on the record and open to the media.
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES)
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
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