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.
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.