Gregory A. Maniatis, a Senior European Policy Fellow for the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) of Washington, DC

Gregory A. Maniatis, a Senior European Policy Fellow for the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) of Washington, DC will present a talk, “Why Should We Care? The Strategic & Human Significance of the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis,” 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Colton Chapel at Lafayette College. The lecture, sponsored by the Class of 1961 International Speaker Series, is free and open to the public.

With the most significant refugee crisis in Europe since WWII testing fundamental values and policies and the dire humanitarian situation that continues to play out on the world scene, the talk will address the situation and its global policy implications.

Maniatis oversees European programs for the MPI. He also serves as advisor to Peter Sutherland, the UN Special Representative for Migration. He is a co-director of the migration initiative at Columbia University’s Global Policy Initiative.

He consults the European Commission, member state governments, the European Parliament, and international organizations on all aspects of immigration and integration policy. In 2007, Maniatis led MPI’s advisory work for the European Union presidencies of Germany and Portugal; in previous years, he oversaw MPI’s work with the EU presidencies of Greece and the Netherlands.

Prior to positions at MPI and the United Nations, Maniatis was founder and publisher of Odyssey magazine, a leading international English-language magazine about Greece and for Greeks. He is also a writer and producer and has been featured in the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, The Washington Monthly, PBS Television, and other media outlets.

Maniatis is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a recipient of a certificate from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Information about the event may be obtained by contacting Angelika von Wahl, associate professor and chair of the international affairs program, (610) 330-5593,


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