International Breakfast - Jan 17
RCNY's January 17th International Breakfast featured speaker was Dr. Konstantinos Koutras, Consul General of Greece who spoke on Foreign Policy Issues in the Mediterranean.
 
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RCNY International Breakfast at the UN
Report by Janelle Gragera & Andreas Runggatscher


RCNY's January 17th International Breakfast featured speaker was Dr. Konstantinos Koutras, Consul General of Greece who spoke on Foreign Policy Issues in the Mediterranean. Dr. Koutras opened by describing Greece's foreign policy in one sentence: "We live in an unstable world." He describes that conflict in the area has been older than time itself, but current events have required adapting to the turbulent times.

Dr. Koutras emphasized the need for strong institutional support to build and boast the area's history & culture as he believes that sustainable growth is achieved through consistency and in building resilience to be able to absorb external shocks. He advocates that in creating a future, one must consider how it's shaped and impacted by the choices of today.

The speaker pointed out the trickle effect of how the prevalent corruption relates to the economic slump, leading to the political decline, and fueling the social uprising. He emphasized how Greece's future success remains in their ability to stay in the game.

He called for progressive solutions for revolutionary thinking. He spoke about the field of opportunities present in Greece such as energy, transportation, and tourism. With the massive scale of production, these industries can and will likely change the landscape of country & Europe as a whole. Some things to note include the natural gas pipelines slated to be completed within the next decade, their potential to be a transportation hub for shipping - both maritime and by railway connecting Europe to Asia, and the growing religious & health tourism factoring into how Greece is becoming a '365 Day' destination.

He concluded by sharing some words of wisdom that sometimes that the things you don't do, matter more than the thing you do, and that leadership is about taking risks.

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