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Taking Stock of the Transatlantic Relationship: Female Leaders Reflect on 2017

On January 31st, the Atlantic Council hosted a conversation with female thought leaders about the current state of the transatlantic relationship. In today’s turbulent political and security environment, the transatlantic alliance is at a critical crossroads. Pressing foreign policy and security challenges – from terrorism and Russian aggression to rising nationalism and waning confidence in institutions – have raised new questions about the future of the transatlantic alliance. This discussion features reflects on the past year, and discusses the future of NATO and US engagement in Europe, how the transatlantic partnership must adapt to today’s strategic environment, and the importance of female leadership in foreign policy and international security.

A conversation with:

Amb. Kristen Silverberg
Managing Director
Institute of International Finance;
Former US Ambassador to the European UnionMs. Julianne Smith
Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program
Center for a New American Security

Ms. Christine Wormuth 
Director, Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience
Atlantic Council;
Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
US Department of Defense

Moderated by:Ms. Sally Painter
Chief Operating Officer
Blue Star Strategies;
Senior Advisor, Future Europe Initiative
Atlantic Council

 

2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum

What does the Trump administration’s strategy toward the Asia-Pacific mean for US-ROK relations? The December 12 forum, “Reimagining the US-Republic of Korea Partnership in the Trans-Pacific Century,” explored priorities for the US-ROK security alliance and economic partnership.

This podcast features the keynote address “Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond” delivered by Secretary of State Tillerson and introduced by H.E. Yoon-je Cho and The Hon. Stephen Hadley.

The forum also featured Ambassador Sihyung Lee, Dr. Young-kwan Yoon, The Hon. Paula Dobriansky, The Hon. Wilbur Ross, General James L. Jones, Jr., and Mr. Frederick Kempe.

Helsinki and Hybrid Threats

What are the best practices for countering hybrid warfare? Where does responsibility lie in mitigating these threats?

On this episode of Channeling Brussels, Teri Schultz speaks with Hanna Smith about Finland’s use of its history with Russia to help its partners address hybrid warfare concerns.

Hanna Smith is Director of Strategic Planning and Responses for the NATO-EU Center of Excellence in Helsinki.

Westmacott: ‘Turkey’s European Journey’ Has Taken a Detour

The title of Sir Peter Westmacott’s new paper, Turkey’s European Journey, does not indicate where he thinks the country stands on that path, whether he believes Ankara is still headed toward Europe or whether it has turned off that road permanently.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to Sir Peter Westmacott, a distinguished ambassadorial fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative who has served as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to France, Turkey, and the United States, about how he sees Turkey’s current status under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A Decade After “Web War 1,” Former Estonian President Blasts EU Cyber Inertia

Even as the pervasive and destructive capacity of cyberattacks becomes ever more evident with the alleged Russian meddling in European and American politics, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a former president of Estonia, marvels at the European Union’s under-performance in dealing with the threat.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to former Estonian President Toomas Ilves about Estonia’s internet adaptability,  “Web War 1,” and Russia’s interference in the European political space.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini on 2016 US Presidents and EU Challenges

We’re delighted that one of Europe’s top-ranked women joined us for this “inaugural” show: Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, also a vice president of the European Commission (EC). She agreed to speak to Teri Schultz, the host of this podcast, just a few hours after Donald Trump was confirmed as the next US president, a development which shocked Brussels along with all those American pollsters. Mogherini says the phrase that has stuck with her from Obama’s first White House campaign was that “everything is possible in America”.   It meant one thing during the election of America’s first black president in 2008.  Now, she notes pointedly, two very different interpretations are possible.

NATO After Brexit: Restoring the Power and Purpose of the Alliance

On June 27, 2016, in light of Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union, the Atlantic Council discussed what the US, UK, and crucial European Allies must do to bolster NATO’s strength and solidarity, especially in a post-Brexit Europe. We also launched a report on “Restoring the Power and Purpose of the NATO Alliance”, authored by Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns and General James L. Jones, who presented their final conclusions. The event was moderated by Evelyn Farkas.