This discussion with Alexandros Mallias, Ambassador of Greece to the United States, moderated by Alan Berger, Senior Editorial Writer at the Boston Globe, took place at Boston University on December 3, 2007. It is the final installment in a series of debates with European Ambassadors organized by the Institute for Human Sciences with support from the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC.
Alexandros P. Mallias presented his credentials to President Bush in October 2005. Joining the Greek Foreign Service in 1976, Ambassador Mallias has been at the forefront of Greece’s stabilizing role in the Balkans, serving as Director of the Southeastern Europe (Balkan Affairs) Department at the Foreign Ministry in Athens in various capacities, and as Ambassador to Albania, Head of the first Mission in FYROM, and Head of the European Community Monitor Mission Regional Office in Sofia. He also served in Libya and at the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, as First Counselor for Political Affairs.
A proponent of public diplomacy, Ambassador Mallias has made people-to-people diplomacy an integral part of his mission in the United States, reaching beyond the bounds of Washington politics. To this effect, he continues to travel extensively throughout the United States, meeting with state officials and citizens, speaking at universities, colleges and think-tanks, not only on issues relating to Greece, but the broader Southeastern European region, to create links between the people of that region and the United States. Ambassador Mallias also continues to devote much effort to the promotion of human rights and to combating human trafficking.