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Surprise -This is a Great Time for Public Service!

Posted  November 18, 2016  by  Politis

By Michael S. Dukakis September 13, 1999 Editor’s note. We present here Michael Dukakis’ inaugural address at the Michael S. Dukakis Chair for Public Policy and Service to close out this phase in the life of Politis. We will be back soon with a new look, a new name, and new material, all in the […]

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It happened. It’s done. Now what.

Posted  November 14, 2016  by  Politis

By Jayde Hansen Regardless of how we feel about the elections, there is absolutely nothing we can do about the selection of the president at this point. What we can do is be catalysts for change. Social media has gone absolutely crazy since the world found out that Donald Trump is now the president of […]

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The European response to the global migration crisis

Posted  November 10, 2016  by  Politis

By Lauren Rothschild NB Lauren Rothschild is a Freshman at Northeastern University majoring in international relations and political science and studying abroad at ACT and interning at the Dukakis Center during the Fall 2016 semester. On Saturday October 22nd, the Olympion Theater in Thessaloniki hosted the 5th annual symposium on World Affairs, with this year’s […]

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Politis Forum: To Vote or Not To Vote

Posted  November 9, 2016  by  Politis

The Editors of Politis asked members of the current blogging team to consider arguments in favor of not voting. We post the contributions of Northeastern University freshman Katharine Welch and Dukakis Center Director David Wisner below. This ends the current cycle of posts dedicated to the 2016 US general election. “Hearing the arguments,” by Katie […]

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To serve our country’s democracy

Posted  November 9, 2016  by  Politis

By Michael Ertel NB Michael Ertel is Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County, Florida, where he has served since 2005. He spoke at two Dukakis Center events during the 2016 election period. Politis reproduces these remarks with permission of the author. When I tearfully hugged our staff as they left the building last night, my […]

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I am a citizen

Posted  November 5, 2016  by  Politis

The team at Politis debated whether to share the video below on the blog. In the end consensus was reached that, yes, it was appropriate and worthwhile to do so. Seethe houghts of two of our number below, slightly edited and formatted for posting.   I am in favor… after all it can change society’s […]

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The New Cold War: Russia, NATO, and the Re-Division of Europe

Posted  November 5, 2016  by  Politis

By Ambassador John Koenig Note from the Editors. John Koenig is a retired career Foreign Service Officer and former US Ambassador to Cyprus. He is a member of the Honorary Board of Advisors to the Dukakis Center. The following is the text of prepared remarks delivered at Western Washington University. Intro Good afternoon and thank […]

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Using your voice

Posted  October 30, 2016  by  Politis

By Jayde Ashante Hansen I’m not sure words can begin to explain how I feel, being an American citizen, and failing to register to vote.  All year I’ve been thinking about this opportunity, after all, it’s my very first opportunity to vote for the president of the United States. I won’t have this opportunity for […]

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Public Service 101

Posted  October 17, 2016  by  Politis

By Lydia Richards. Nailing down a definition of public and humanitarian service is difficult. It is one of those tricky phrases that means something different depending on the context in which it is examined. I think it is important to explore the implications of the definition, especially for me as an intern for an organization […]

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Accounting for all of those voices

Posted  October 11, 2016  by  Politis

By Katharine Welch Note of the Editors. Katharine “Katie” Welch is a freshman at Northeastern University majoring in Political Science, studying abroad at ACT and interning at the Dukakis Center. She is from San Francisco, California. On Wednesday October 5, the Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service hosted a round table discussion on “Voting […]

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The world is watching

Posted  October 7, 2016  by  Politis

By Lydia Richards I am a study abroad student and a Dukakis Center intern at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) from the US, where I attend the University of Northern Iowa and major in flute performance. At ACT, I am taking several International Relations classes. As someone who has not spent a great deal […]

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Defining public service in a post-democratic age

Posted  September 20, 2016  by  Politis

By Jacey McCowan University of Texas at San Antonio American College of Thessaloniki From the Editor: Jacey McCowan spent the Spring 2015 semester as a study abroad student at ACT and an intern at the Dukakis Center, where she took part in the ongoing research project «Public Service in the 21st Century.» The following is […]

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A Farewell Lecture

Posted  September 6, 2016  by  Politis

Note from the Editors. Alan Henrikson is the newest Member of the Honorary Advisory Board at the Dukakis Center. We reprint his farewell lecture, delivered recently at the Fletcher School, as a token of our rewspect for his long and distinguished career. Fletcher: A Great Place to Teach—and to Learn by Alan Henrikson Dear Friends, […]

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Citizenship resources online

Posted  July 2, 2016  by  Politis

By Niko Adamopoulos Editor’s note. Niko Adamopoulos is a summer intern at the Dukakis Center from Colgate University, where he is a junior in international studies. While in Thessaloniki he will volunteer in local humanitarian efforts with refugees and migrants from Syria and other countries. Here he compiles an annotated list of blogs on citizenship […]

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Lecture by Thomas de Waal: The Great Catastrophe, then and now

Posted  June 8, 2016  by  PR

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Politics at the bistrot — liveblog and livestream

Posted  May 17, 2016  by  DW

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Politics at the bistrot: how democratic are the Democratic primaries?

Posted  May 17, 2016  by  Politis

What: Debate on US Democratic primaries, premiere of get-out-the-vote campaigns, selection of the best «Vote here» signs, mock exit poll, masterclass in social media, and more When: Monday, May 23, 7-9 pm Where: La Place mignonne, Ethnikis Aminis 4 click here for the map     Who: Alec Mally (former US Consul General of Thessaloniki, Democrats Abroad Greece) […]

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Understanding children’s participation

Posted  April 24, 2016  by  Politis

By Maria Patsariki* A couple of days ago, and on the occasion of the Dukakis Center International Conference ‘Civic engagement and the practices of democracy’, a not so surprising theme was brought forward: young people are not interested in, and do not want to do, politics. The quotes were disheartening showing not only a lack […]

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Should we look to ancient Athens?

Posted  April 21, 2016  by  Politis

By Claudia Chwalisz Editor’s note: Originally published on policy-network.net as “An Athenian solution to democratic discontent,” February 19, 2015. Reposted by permission of the author. New forms of contact democracy and innovative forums that allow political and economic institutions to deliberate with citizens are important steps in the long-term battle to renew representative democracy for the […]

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Lansie Sylvia at the Dukakis Center

Posted  April 20, 2016  by  Politis

The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service at the American College of Thessaloniki presents An Inspiration Exchange! workshop in nonprofit communication, community partnerships, and engagement strategy with Lansie Sylvia Director of Engagement, Here’s My Chance, Philadelphia Wednesday, April 20, 4 PM, Municipality of Pilea-Hortiatis, Panorama Cultural Center, Litsa Fokidi Hall “Here’s […]

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