Tsipras Goes to Washington (and N.Y.)

tsiprasAlexis Tsipras, head of Greece’s major opposition party, the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) is planning to visit the United States from Jan. 22-25, to speak at the Brookings Institution on Jan. 22 and then visit New York.

Tsipras’ address is on Greece and the Future Economic Challenges where it is expected he will concentrate on the economic and social outlooks of Greece and the relations between Greece and Europe during a crushing economic crisis and the accompanying austerity measures his party opposes.

Willian Antholis, a noted Greek-American who is the Washington institution’s Managing Director and a senior fellow in Governance Studies, is going to make the preliminary remarks and debate with Tsipras. Antholis and economic analyst Domenico Lombardi, economic expert, will be coordinators of the debate.

Lombardi is an expert on G-20 and G-8 Summits, international monetary relations, and global currencies. His current projects focus on the recent international financial crisis, the ongoing European crisis, and the reform of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

After his visit to Washington, Tsipras will travel in New York, where he is going to give a speech at Columbia University, The City University of New York and attend gatherings of Greeks of the Diaspora on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25. He is expected to meet U.S. politicians, journalists and analysts, as well.