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The 'Byron Theodoropoulos' Lecture Series

The 'Byron Theodoropoulos' lecture series was an initiative of the Hellenic Observatory honouring one of the most prominent Greek diplomats of modern Greece. The first lecture was given by the Ambassador Theodoropoulos himself and our goal is to establish an annual lecture that addresses topics relevant to the theme of foreign and security policy issues of Greece and Southeast Europe. 

Ambassador Theodoropoulos is the doyen of Greek diplomacy. His lengthy and highly celebrated career at the highest levels of the Greek diplomatic service saw him involved in all the key decisions, in all the key issue areas of Greek foreign policy, in the second half of the twentieth century.

From the initial workings of the United Nations, through to relations with Turkey, the Cyprus question and ultimately Greek accession to the European Economic Community, Ambassador Theodoropoulos participated actively and decisively in the formulation and implementation of Greek foreign policy. Apart from his career in public service, Ambassador Theodoropoulos is also a prolific author.

His scholarly output, and policy analyses, range from considering the contemporary relevance of Thucydides to the foreign policy of modern Greece. In recognition of his contribution to scholarship, the University of Athens recently honoured him with a Doctorate in Law and Political Science.


The Foreign Policy of Modern Greece: An Introspective Approach
Ambassador Byron Theodoropoulos
Friday, 2 December 2005
Hong Kong Theatre, LSE
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Greece and Europe
Mrs Dora Bakoyannis, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece
Monday, 5 November 2007
Old Theatre, LSE
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