Tag Archives: Teri Schultz

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.

Sorin Ducaru, NATO’s Man with Many Helmets

Bearing a title that obligates him to manage evolving security threats, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Sorin Ducaru has his hands more than full.  With the threat landscape against the alliance changing constantly in unpredictable ways, many of them breaking new terrain in warfare, Ducaru and his staff have to be prescient, agile, and humble about their abilities to predict what’s next.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Sorin Ducaru about how the alliance is approaching all its new threats and adapting its mindset in some surprising ways.

Lonely GOP Outpost in Brussels Sees Supporters Slowly Emerge

It’s not a secret that expatriate Americans, along with Europeans, tend to feel more closely aligned with the Democratic Party in the United States. However,  Michael Kulbickas, chairman of Republicans Overseas, says he has spent many years hoping a candidate as transformative as Donald Trump would come along.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to Michael Kulbickas, Chairman of Republicans Overseas about support for Trump in Europe and the role that Republicans Overseas is playing in bringing the US and Europe closer together.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on the Baltics, Russia, and NATO

While the entire world carefully watches how 2017 unfolds, especially developments between the White House and the Kremlin, the Baltics are among those with the most finely-tuned binoculars.  Worst-case scenarios may be simply hypotheses for debate in other countries, but in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania they are part of daily geopolitical calculations as the Baltics navigate a very fine line of making sure their allies stay on high alert for Russian interference without portraying themselves as unduly alarmist or vulnerable.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs about the speculation that one of the Baltics may become the theater for “World War III.”

Read more at http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/latvia-heads-into-2017-relying-on-its-own-mettle-and-nato-metal.

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.

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow on the challenge posed by Russia

When someone with the long-range perspective of Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow says relations with Russia are the worst he’s seen in his entire career, everyone should take notice. Vershbow has been a student of the Soviet Union and Russia for many decades, rising to the highest levels of the US State Department, the Pentagon and NATO.  Before his recently-ended tenure as NATO’s deputy secretary general, Vershbow had served as the American ambassador to the Alliance from 1998 to 2001 and to Moscow from 2001 to 2005.  With all that Russia-watching history, Vershbow says he’d have to go back to the Berlin crises of the early 1960s to imagine “as volatile and unpredictable and dangerous a situation as we have now.”