All posts by Endy Zemenides
The Day After
The Coronavirus crisis has pushed discussion of several other topics to the background, and this column will follow suit. As Prime Minister Mitsotakis announced the lockdown of Greece, he declared that “the greatest weapon against the virus...
- Posted March 24, 2020
Turkey’s Libya Gamble
On November 27, 2019, Turkey closed out a year during which it moved significantly towards “rogue state” status by signing an agreement with Libya purporting to declare new maritime boundaries, despite the fact there can be no...
- Posted January 13, 2020
Running Out of Excuses
When asked about sanctioning Turkey over its S-400 missile purchase during the recent NATO Summit, President Trump once again used his typical excuse for leniency on Turkey: “As you know, Turkey wanted to buy our Patriot system...
- Posted December 12, 2019
What If Greece Did Not Say “OXI”?
Most of us are at least one generation removed from World War II, but generations of Greek Americans have lived OXI Day over and over and over again. This cycle continues this year through programs in Greek...
- Posted October 26, 2019
Turkey’s False Promises on Halki
During a recent press conference on international religious freedom, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the “immediate reopening” of the Halki Seminary, a seminary Turkey ordered closed in 1971. Some may consider this call in...
- Posted July 12, 2019
A Paradigm Shift
In its review of John Julius Norwich’s “The Middles Sea: A History of the Mediterranean” the Los Angeles Times lauded the historian’s book as “A sweeping saga of human turmoil. . .” Turmoil. There is perhaps no...
- Posted April 25, 2019
A Legacy that can only be Captured by Poetry
In January, Hellenism lost a true giant when Nikos Mouyiaris passed away. Multiple tributes, articles in the Greek and Greek-American press, and statements from the governments of Greece and Cyprus have detailed his professional and civic achievements...
- Posted March 13, 2019
Turkey cannot get both the S-400s AND the F-35s!
The week after the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue kicked off, Turkey violated Greek airspace hundreds of times. The Hellenic Air Force intercepted the Turkish jets — which promptly turned back to Turkey. These continued provocations by Turkey have...
- Posted January 2, 2019
γνῶθι σεαυτόν: A Debate Over the Future of Hellenism is Long Overdue
As the news about Amazon picking Long Island City as one of its two new headquarters locations came through, opposition on social media flashed photos of restaurants closing in Astoria and Greek restaurants being replaced with national...
- Posted December 2, 2018
What do we really want on the Macedonian Issue?
When Phillip II assumed the throne of Macedonia, his kingdom faced existential threats. He had just taken over a kingdom whose predecessor fell in battle; the same battle cost Macedonia most of its army. Youth, inexperience, a...
- Posted October 16, 2018
Turkey’s Terrible – But Predictable – Turn
The Washington Post recently adopted the motto “democracy dies in darkness”. But democracies can also die in broad daylight. That’s what many observers fear is happening in Turkey. – The Council on Foreign Relations’ James Lindsay, on...
- Posted April 22, 2017
Delphi and The Diaspora
I had the privilege of being a participant at the second annual Delphi Economic Forum the beginning of this month. One of the panels on which I participated was titled Linking Diaspora and Homeland. This subject resulted...
- Posted March 17, 2017
Cultural Literacy as a New Year’s Resolution
Most people reading this have probably made a resolution to better themselves in some way in 2017. We all have thought of how to make ourselves healthier, more efficient, happier. Those reading this magazine share an interest...
- Posted December 30, 2016
Distrust but verify
The famous American author Mark Twain supposedly said: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”. As I engaged with senior Obama Administration officials during the annual PSEKA Cyprus Conference, this saying kept coming to mind. To...
- Posted June 26, 2016
The Turkey You Should All Know…
Less than four years ago, those in the community seeking a more conciliatory (or submissive, depending on your point of view) approach towards Turkey on national issues were particularly outspoken. The head of one cultural organization claimed...
- Posted April 30, 2016
To say that 2015 was a fascinating year for Hellenism would be an understatement. We ushered in the New Year with an election in Greece, Turkey maintaining its invasion of the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone...
- Posted January 10, 2016
A Bi-partisan Blunder in the Middle East
The complete undoing of the Middle East – a failed “Arab Spring”, the rise of ISIS, sectarian conflicts raging out of control – have been met first and foremost with partisan bickering here in the United States....
- Posted December 5, 2015
A Dinner in Europe
Students of American constitutional history may find much familiar in the present economic and political crises in Europe. The original United States of America may have been even less united than today’s Europe: they often argued amongst...
- Posted October 26, 2015
GREECE SHOULD LOOK WEST – BUT BEYOND EUROPE
Over several meetings with community leaders over the summer, senior Obama Administration officials professed the U.S.’s commitment to keeping Greece in the euro and an integrated Europe, and to answer the following question in the positive: “Does...
- Posted September 25, 2015
No Silver Bullets for Greece
Analyzing and opining on the Greek economic crisis (never mind advocating in Washington D.C. for Greece) has been one of the most frustrating endeavors one could be engaged in. The stunning lack of honesty at all levels has not...
- Posted June 28, 2015
Not yet time for Euphoria on Cyprus
After a dinner with President Nicos Anastasiades of the Republic of Cyprus and Mustafa Akinci – the new Turkish-Cypriot community leader – the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide announced the resumption of...
- Posted May 18, 2015
DON’T LOOK TO KOLOKOTRONI, BUT TO THE GREEK WAR RELIEF FUND
After five years of crisis, it is unclear that worldwide Hellenism has risen to the occasion with regard to the challenge facing Greece. To be clear, we have seen substantial humanitarian efforts on multiple fronts – by...
- Posted April 11, 2015
Debt, Democracy, Dignity
The results of the Greek elections have garnered Greece more attention than any time since the onset of the euro crisis: the stakes so high, the drama gripping, and the characters fascinating. Two weeks into the new...
- Posted February 18, 2015
UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS
On Tuesday, December 16th, Senator Robert Menendez gave a rousing speech on the floor of the Senate about the violation of international law and human rights on the island nation of Cyprus. Just one day later, as...
- Posted December 24, 2014
Greece subsidizing Western National Security
At the end of October, Greece’s Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Vassilis Kikilias visited the United States to coordinate anti-terrorism policy with the Department of Justice, the CIA, FBI, State Department and National Security Council....
- Posted November 14, 2014