“NATO’s Critical Importance for United States and Global Security: Regional Security Challenges to the East and South”
This session will offer an overview and assessment of NATO’s major contemporary regional challenges followed by a roundtable exchange with attendees. EVENT FILLED TO CAPACITY.
Despina Afentouli currently serves as Program Officer for Partnerships, Cooperative Security and Open Door policies, regional coordinator for South Caucasus & Central Asia, and Program Officer for Greece at NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. Before joining NATO, from 1986 to 2001, Despina Afentouli had extensive experience as a foreign policy and European affairs journalist and columnist including serving as European Affairs Editor at the Athens News Agency (1997-2001), editor-in-chief of the Greek edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit reports ( 1996-1999), diplomatic correspondent for STAR Channel (1995-1996) and Messimvrini Daily, (1995-1996), political correspondent at Kathimerini Daily (1989-1994), and Foreign Affairs editor, Athens Municipal Radio (1986-1989). Ms. Afentouli studied Law at Athens University (BA) and earned an MA degree in Political Communication at the University of Paris-I (Sorbonne). She was a member of the European Association of Journalists and served as Secretary General of the European Network of Women Journalists (1994-98). She is the author of four books (“A journey in Greek foreign policy”, Athens, Potamos, 2005/”EMU: The day after”, Athens, Dromeas, 1999/ “The Europe we want”, Athens, I. Sideris, 1997/”May ’68: Twenty years after”, Athens, Odysseas, 1988) and of numerous articles on international relations and foreign policy.