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A Post-American Europe? Liberalism and Transatlantic Relations

January 31-February 7, 2018
Berlin-London-Paris-Brussels

FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE ROAD is a new initiative designed to help the magazine better connect with our readers abroad through live events held in cities around the world. Through panel discussions, conferences, and talks, our editors and authors will share their insights on the critical issues facing the world today, bringing to life the high-level conversation that takes place in our pages and our website.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE ROAD will kick off in the winter of 2018 when the magazine heads to Europe to explore the future of transatlantic relations and global cooperation. Foreign Affairs is partnering with four leading European think tanks-- Chatham House, the European Council on Foreign Relations, the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs, and the Royal Institute for International Relations-- to host compelling live conversations featuring the kind of authoritative American and European experts one can find only in Foreign Affairs. We are looking forward to connecting with, expanding, and learning from our global audience.

Learn more about the events below. For more information please contact us at events@foreignaffairs.com.

For background reading on FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE ROAD tour download a complimentary eBook A Post-American Europe? Liberalism and Transatlantic Relations here.

*In its events as in its articles, Foreign Affairs tolerates wide differences of opinion. It has no affiliation with authors or event partners outside of convening the discussion, and what it demands of them is that they be competent and well informed, represent-ing honest opinions seriously held and convincingly expressed. It does not accept responsibility for the views presented; what it does accept is the responsibility for giving them a chance to be heard.

 

 

 

  

 

Foreign Affairs and The European Council on Foreign Relations are partnering to host FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE ROAD. At this event, The Undead Past: How Nations Confront the Evils of History, a panel of experts will discuss how countries around the world have come to terms with historical wrongdoing in their pasts and how such efforts effect politics and culture today. We will reflect on the United States’ troubled racial history, trace Germany’s efforts to atone for the crimes of the Nazi regime, explore how Russia has (and has not) dealt with the legacy of Stalin’s tyranny, and assess Rwanda’s ongoing recovery from genocide.

European Council on Foreign Relations 

Unter den Linden 17
10117 Berlin
(entrance: Rosmarinstrasse 1)
GERMANY

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2:00 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. CET | Greetings by  Josef Janning, Head of Berlin office & Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

2:05 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CET | Panel Discussion: The Undead Past: How Nations Confront the Evils of History 

Phil Clark, Reader, Comparative and International Politics, SOAS, University of London

Franziska Exeler, Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for History and Economics; Lecturer in History, Free University Berlin

Mary Fulbrook, Professor of German History and Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Science, UCL

Nicholas Guyatt, Reader in North American History, University of Cambridge 

MODERATOR:

Justin Vogt, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

 

SPEAKER BIOS:

Phil Clark is Reader in Comparative and International Politics, with reference to Africa. An Australian by nationality but born in Sudan, Dr Clark is a political scientist specialising in conflict and post-conflict issues in Africa, particularly questions of peace, truth, justice and reconciliation. His research addresses the history and politics of the African Great Lakes, focusing on causes of and responses to genocide and other forms of mass violence. His work also explores the theory and practice of transitional justice, with particular emphasis on community-based approaches to accountability and reconciliation and the law and politics of the International Criminal Court.Previously, he was a Research Fellow in Courts and Public Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, a Golding Research Fellow at Brasenose College, and co-founder and convenor of Oxford Transitional Justice Research. He has a DPhil in Politics from Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Franziska Exeler is a historian of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia . Her work focuses on the ways in which states and societies, local communities and individuals cope with the political, legal, social and personal aftereffects of war, occupation and civil war. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled "Wartime Ghosts. Nazi Occupation and Its Aftermath in the Soviet Union." Related research projects analyze how the Soviet government both understood and experimented with international and domestic law during and after the Second World War, and how the Soviet prosecution of treason and war crimes fit into the global moment of post-World War II justice. She holds an MA in History, Political Sciences and Economics from Humboldt University Berlin (2007), an MA in History from Princeton University (2009), and a PhD in History from Princeton University (2013). She is also a lecturer in history and member of the global history research group at Free University Berlin and the Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics at University of Cambridge.

Mary Fulbrook, FBA, is Professor of German History and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences at UCL. A graduate of Cambridge and Harvard, she is the author or editor of 25 books. Her latest book, Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution, will be published by OUP in 2018. Recent publications include the Fraenkel Prize-winning A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (OUP 2012), and Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships (OUP 2011, reissued in two volume paperback version, 2017). Previous books include A Concise History of Germany (CUP, 3rd edn. 2018) and A History of Germany 1918-2014The Divided Nation (Blackwell, 4th edn 2014). One of her major research areas has been the GDR, on which she wrote Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR, 1949-89 (OUP, 1995) and The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker (Yale UP, 2005). Fulbrook serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Foundation for the former Nazi Concentration Camps at Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora, and the International Advisory Board of the Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation. She has previously served as Chair of the Modern History Section of the British Academy, Chair of the German History Society, and she was Founding Joint Editor of German History. She is currently running an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on ‘Compromised Identities? Reflections on perpetration and complicity under Nazism’ and writing a book on Bystander Society.

Nicholas Guyatt did his BA and M.Phil. at Cambridge, and completed his Ph.D. at Princeton under the supervision of Daniel T. Rodgers. Having taught at Princeton, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and the University of York, he joined the History Faculty at Cambridge in 2014. He has been a faculty fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2009-10), a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2013-14), and the Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute in the University of Oxford (2013-14). He has written about American history for the Nation magazine, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, and the London Review of Books.

Josef Janning joined the European Council on Foreign Relations in April 2014 as Senior Policy Fellow in the Berlin Office. 2013/2014 he was a Mercator Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to that he served as Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. Between 2001 and 2010 Josef has lead the international policy work as Senior Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation, a major private German foundation. Earlier positions in his career include Deputy Director of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Munich University from 1995-2007. Previously, he has held teaching positions at the University of Mainz, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and as Guest Professor at Renmin University of Beijing. He has worked with leading think tanks in Europe, the US and Asia, and engaged in and lead various international study groups, high-level groups and commissions on European affairs, global governance, transformation to democracy, security and defence policy and transatlantic relations.Josef has published widely on European Affairs, International Relations, EU foreign and security policy, German foreign and European policy as well as global affairs. On these issues he also is a frequent commentator with German and international media.

Justin Vogt is Managing Editor at Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs in 2011, Vogt was the managing editor of World Policy Journal. Earlier, he was a research editor at The New Yorker and an associate producer on documentary films for Frontline. His writing has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and other outlets. He holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Brown University.

 

 

 

 

During the UK's 2016 EU referendum, the then-Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove stated that 'people in this country have had enough of experts.' Like it or not, Gove had a point: Western democracies are undergoing a crisis of expertise, part of a broader backlash against elites and established institutions accompanied by an explosion in populist rhetoric and movements. What is the role of experts in this environment? What gave rise to the rejection of experts and expertise—and what, if anything, can be done to reverse it? And how can experts fight back in defense of reason, evidence-based thinking and professional authority?

Our panel will examine the causes and effects of the assault on experts. Digital technology have made it easier than ever for people to access information, but has it also diluted the influence of genuinely informed voices in public debate? To what extent have experts and established institutions such as universities brought this crisis on themselves, by cutting themselves off from the broader public and by becoming too narrowly focused on obscure issues? And what role have the news media played in the crisis?

Chatham House, London 

10 Street James's Square
St. James's
London
SW1Y 4LE

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6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. GMT | The Role of Experts in an Age of Populism

Will Davies, Reader, Politics and International Relations Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs Department, US Naval War College; Author, The Death of Expertise

Leslie Vinjamuri, Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme; Member of Council, Chatham House

Justin Vogt, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

MODERATOR:

Alan Philps, Editor, The World Today 

 

SPEAKERS BIOS:

Will Davies is a political economist with particular interests in neoliberalism, history of economics and economic sociology. His work explores the way in which economics influences our understanding of politics, society and ourselves, themes which he has addressed in two books, The Happiness Industry: How the government & big business sold us wellbeing (Verso, 2015) and The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, sovereignty & the logic of competition (Sage, 2014).He is Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Centre, which explores critical, cultural and political perspectives on economic life, and Convener of the BA in Politics Philosophy & Economics. He is currently a Co-Investigator in the ESRC-sponsored Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity. Prior to doing his PhD, Will worked in public policy for think tanks including Demos and the Institute for Public Policy Research.He writes regularly for a range of non-academic publications. These have included The Atlantic, The New Statesman, openDemocracy, Prospect and Chronicle Review.

Dr. Thomas M. Nichols is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, and a professor at the Harvard Extension School. He is also an adjunct professor in the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies and at the Harvard Extension School. Before coming to Newport, he taught international relations and Soviet/Russian affairs at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University. In Washington, Dr. Nichols was personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania, and was a Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He is currently a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City.  He was also a Fellow in the International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. He is the author of several books and articles, including Eve of Destruction: The Coming of Age of Preventive War (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), and No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security (University of Pennsylvania, 2014). His newest book, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters, was released by Oxford in March 2017, with translations into ten foreign languages underway. In 2017, he was named one of the POLITICO 50 by POLITICO magazine, an annual list of “the key thinkers, doers and visionaries who are reshaping American politics and policy,” for his work “defending experts in an anti-factual age.” Dr. Nichols holds a PhD from Georgetown, an MA from Columbia University, the Certificate of the Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union at Columbia, and a BA from Boston University.  He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion, and was noted in the Jeopardy! Hall of Fame after his 1994 appearances as one of the all-time best players of the game.

Alan Philps is the editor of The World Today published by Chatham House, columnist for The National, Abu Dhabi and author of The Boy from Baby House 10.

Leslie Vinjamuri is an associate fellow with the US and the Americas Programme, serves on the council of Chatham House, and is an adjunct faculty member with the institute's Academy for Leadership in International Affairs. She is director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice and associate professor of International Relations at SOAS, University of London. Previously, Leslie was on the faculty of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and held residential fellowships at Harvard University and the LSE. She worked in the Asia Bureau of USAID and the Foreign Affairs Division at Congressional Research Service.Leslie is on the editorial board of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations at Cambridge University Press, on the board of directors of the Institute for Integrated Transitions, and on the advisory board of LSE IDEAS. She earned an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a PhD in political science from Columbia University.

Justin Vogt is Managing Editor at Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs in 2011, Vogt was the managing editor of World Policy Journal. Earlier, he was a research editor at The New Yorker and an associate producer on documentary films for Frontline. His writing has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and other outlets. He holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Brown University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Affairs is partnering with the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) to host FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE ROAD. The Trump administration has it made clear that it intends to pull the United States back from its traditional leadership of the international order. This has caused confusion and fear in Europe but has also inspired some European leaders to consider how their countries can step up and play a larger role on the world stage. This half-day conference, Transatlantic Relations in the Trump Era, will dive into the future of U.S.-European relations and international cooperation, featuring experts on migration, climate change, counterterrorism, and other critical topics.

IRIS

2 bis rue Mercoeur
75011 PARIS
FRANCE

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5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CET | Opening Remarks:

Pascal Boniface, Founding Director, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs

Romuald Sciora, Author; President, Romuald Sciora Media

Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

 

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CET | Transatlantic Economic and Political ChallengesTrump as Threat, Trump as Opportunity 

Pascal Boniface, Founding Director, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs

Sudha David-Wilp, Deputy Director Berlin Office, Senior Transatlantic Fellow Berlin, GMF

Alain Le Roy, Former Secretary General, European External Action Service

Moderator: Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

 

6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. CET | Break 

 

6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CET | Transatlantic Partnership in a Disordered World: The End of Cooperation? 

Alain Bauer, Professor of Criminology, President of the French Council for Strategic research (CSFRS)

Tom Burke, Chairman, E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism

Alain Richard, Chairman, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS); Former Minister of Defense of France (1997 to 2002)

Moderator: Sylvie Matelly, Deputy Director, IRIS

 

8:00 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. CET | Conversation between Gideon Rose and Pascal Boniface 

 

8:20 p.m. CET| Reception 

 

SPEAKER BIOS:

Alain W. M. Bauer was appointed in August 2007 by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy as the president of the National Private Security Control Council. He was elected professor of criminology at the National Conservatory for Arts and Crafts (CNAM Paris) and a Senior Research Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York) and the University of Law and Political Science of China (Beijing). As an elected student on the "U.N.E.F. I.D." list, which was a socialist organization,[2] he has been the youngest Vice President of the Sorbonne university, in charge of Finances and Administration, an office he held from 1982 to 1989.

Pascal Boniface is the founding Director of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs – IRIS, based in Paris.He is professor of international relations in the “Institut d’Etudes européennes” (Institute for European Studies) in the University of Paris. He is the Director of the quarterly journal “La Revue internationale et stratégique” (International and strategic review) since 1991, and the Editor of “L’Année stratégique” (Strategic Yearbook) since 1985.Dr. Pascal Boniface has published or edited more than sixty books dealing with International Relations, Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament, European Security, French International Policy, Sport in the International Relations (he developed the concept of Geopolitics of Sport) and also the conflict in the Middle-East and its impact in France. Many of them have become classics, reissued on a regular basis and translated in several languages.

Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is Chairman of the China Dialogue Trust and a Trustee of Black-E Community Arts Project, Liverpool.He was Environmental Policy Advisor to Rio Tinto plc (part time) 1996 -2016 and served as Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change from 2006-12. He was an environmental advisor (part time) to BP plc from 1997-2001. He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to chair an Independent Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland from 2006-7. He was a member of the Council of English Nature, the statutory advisor to the British Government on biodiversity from 1999-2005. During 2002 he served as an advisor to the Central Policy Group in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. He was Special Adviser to three Secretaries of State for the Environment from 1991-97 after serving as Director of the Green Alliance from 1982-1991.He was a Trustee of the Green Alliance from 1979 – 1991 and 1997 – 2016. He served on the London Sustainable Development Commission from 2002-5 and chaired the Editorial Board of ENDS magazine from 2004-10. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was a member of the Council from 1990-92 sitting on its Environment Committee 1988-96. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield Institute of Management and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School.In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Energy Institute. In 2010 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment. He is a Patron of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association. He is Chairman of the Advisory Council of Earth Capital Partners and a member of the Advisory Board of Glenmont LLP. In 1993 he was appointed to United Nations Environment Programme's 'Global 500' roll of honour. In 1997, he was appointed CBE for services to the environment. He was awarded Royal Humane Society testimonials on Vellum (1967) and Parchment (1970).

Sudha David - Wilp is a senior transatlantic fellow & deputy director of the Berlin office. She joined GMF’s Berlin office in September 2011. She oversees GMF’s Congress-Bundestag Forum, a joint program with the Robert Bosch Foundation, and engages with the media as an expert on German-U.S. relations. Before moving to Berlin, she was the director of International Programs at the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress in Washington DC for nearly eight years. At the Association, David-Wilp was responsible for Congressional Study Groups and international programs for current members of Congress and senior Congressional staff. She established a Trilateral Roundtable format for legislators and launched a speakers’ program involving current and former lawmakers.

Alain Le Roy is a French diplomat who served as Secretary General of the European External Action Service between 1 March 2015 and 31 August 2016. Before joining the United Nations, Le Roy was Conseiller maître à la Cour des comptes. From September 2007 to 2008, he was Ambassador in charge of the Union for the Mediterranean, a project devised by Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president at the time, to deepen relations between the EU and the countries of the region.

Sylvie Matelly is Deputy Director of IRIS, specialised in Defence Economics. Sylvie Matelly joined IRIS in 2001. After a masters degree in International Economics (with a minor in Financial markets, energy and raw materials), she pursued a PhD about “Economic determinants of military spending” at the University of Grenoble, France. She also studied in Barcelona and Montpellier. At IRIS, her work focuses on Defence Economics, Arms Industry, Export Control and Corruption issues. She has conducted studies for the French Ministry of Defence and Foreign Affairs, the EU Commission, the Defence Agency and the Parliament, as well as for Strategy and Defence companies. In 2003, she co-created the Master’s degree in “Geoeconomy and Strategic Intelligence”, which has trained an average of 30 students each year since.

Alain Richard is a French politician and chairman of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS). An alumnus of the Ecole nationale d'administration, he was mayor of Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône and member of the French parliament, elected in Val d'Oise. A member of the French socialist party and ally of Lionel Jospin, he was the French Minister of Defense from 1997 to 2002. In 1981, he was selected to be one of the first Young Leaders of the French-American Foundation.

Gideon Rose was appointed Editor of Foreign Affairs in October 2010. He was Managing Editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. He has also served as Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has taught American foreign policy at Princeton and Columbia. He is the author of How Wars End (Simon & Schuster, October 2010).

Romuald Sciora is an author, essayist and a documentary filmmaker born in Paris, who is specializing on the topic of the United Nations. As a writer, he had published three books on the UN, and is currently working on an essay on the UN General Assembly. As a filmmaker, he has produced more than a dozen political documentaries, including a TV series devoted to the United Nations, broadcast in more than 20 countries. All of the UN Secretaries General from Kurt Waldheim to Ban Ki Moon participated to his work. Sciora received the prestigious award of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2010. He lives in the US where he runs Le Monde diplomatique Debates, a program of conferences organized with the famous French monthly Le Monde diplomatique in partnerships with the European Union agencies, French Embassy and US think tanks and universities. He is also a consultant for different institutions , NGO and not-for profits. As a long time friend and associate to Ignacio Ramonet and Le Monde diplomatique Romuald Sciora was always concerned by the political situation in South America and involved in the study of its evolution.

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Affairs is partnering with the Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels (EGMONT) to host FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE ROAD. This event, Testing the Alliance: NATO and the U.S.-EU partnership in the Trump Era, will examine the extraordinary state of affairs brought on by the Trump administration’s tough talk about NATO. A panel of experts will move beyond the drama, separating rhetoric from reality, and considering how Washington and Brussels can work together to chart a better course. 

EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relation

The Egmont Palace
Place du Petit Sablon, 8 Bis
1000 Brussels
BELGIUM

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6:00 p.m. - 6:15 CET| Opening Remarks:

Johan Verbeke, Director General, EGMONT

Romuald Sciora, Author; President, Romuald Sciora Media

Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CET| Panel Discussion: Testing the Alliance: NATO and the U.S.-EU partnership in the Trump Era 

Elisabeth Braw, Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Sven Biscop, Director, Europe in the World Programme, Egmont, and Professor, Ghent University

François de Kerchove, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to NATO- Belgium  

Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

MODERATOR:

Johan Verbeke, Director General, EGMONT

 

SPEAKER BIOS:

Sven Biscop obtained his degree in Political Science at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1998, winning the best thesis award for his work on European defence .Currently Sven is the Director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, which he joined in 2002, and a Professor at the Ghent Institute for International Studies (GIIS) at Ghent University. His research and teaching focus on the strategies of the European Union, NATO and their Member States.In 2015, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Sven was made an Honorary Fellow of the EU’s European Security and Defence College (ESDC). He regularly lectures in its courses, as well as in various European and American staff colleges, and at the People’s University of China in Beijing, where he is a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for European Studies. Sven also is an Honorary Member of the ESDC Alumni Association and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy and of the Baltic Defence College.

Elisabeth Braw is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and a senior consultant at the London headquarters of Control Risks, the global risk consulting firm. She was previously a journalist and remains a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, Defense One, and Politico, focusing on European security. Elisabeth has also been a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. She is a native of Sweden and attended university in Germany, finishing her Magister Artium degree in political science and German literature with a dissertation on nuclear weapons reduction in Europe.

Ambassador François de Kerchove is the Permanent Representative of Belgium to NATO. He has a Master’s degree in Political Sciences and International Relations (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and a Master of Science degree in Economics (London School of Economics & Political Science). He started his diplomatic career in 1989 and held consecutive posts in Kuwait City, Tokyo (Head of Commercial section at the Belgian Embassy), Osaka (Consul General) and Berlin (Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of Belgium). In Belgium, he was responsible for the Afghanistan and Pakistan dossiers, before becoming Director of the Royal Institute for International Relations (the Egmont Institute today). He then became Deputy Director for Security Policy at the MFA of Belgium, after which he took over the management of the department. He has afterwards served as Belgian Ambassador in the European Union’s Political and Security Committee (PSC). From December 2011 until October 2014 Mr. de Kerchove worked as the Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs.

Gideon Rose was appointed Editor of Foreign Affairs in October 2010. He was Managing Editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. He has also served as Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has taught American foreign policy at Princeton and Columbia. He is the author of How Wars End (Simon & Schuster, October 2010).

Romuald Sciora is an author, essayist and a documentary filmmaker born in Paris, who is specializing on the topic of the United Nations. As a writer, he had published three books on the UN, and is currently working on an essay on the UN General Assembly. As a filmmaker, he has produced more than a dozen political documentaries, including a TV series devoted to the United Nations, broadcast in more than 20 countries. All of the UN Secretaries General from Kurt Waldheim to Ban Ki Moon participated to his work. Sciora received the prestigious award of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2010. He lives in the US where he runs Le Monde diplomatique Debates, a program of conferences organized with the famous French monthly Le Monde diplomatique in partnerships with the European Union agencies, French Embassy and US think tanks and universities. He is also a consultant for different institutions, NGO and not-for profits. As a long time friend and associate to Ignacio Ramonet and Le Monde diplomatique Romuald Sciora was always concerned by the political situation in South America and involved in the study of its evolution.

Johan C. Verbeke is a Belgian diplomat, currently the Belgian Ambassador to the United States. Verbeke holds a Master of Laws from the Yale Law School and a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Européennes from the Université de Nancy. He was briefly the UN special coordinator for Lebanon, serving as the United Nations Secretary General's representative in Lebanon. When he served as Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, he presented his credentials to the United Nations Secretary-General on 16 September 2004. Prior to that, he had been the Chef de Cabinet of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He previously worked in the Ministry as the Deputy Director General for Political Affairs and as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, D.C.

 

 

*In its events as in its articles, Foreign Affairs tolerates wide differences of opinion. It has no affiliation with authors or event partners outside of convening the discussion, and what it demands of them is that they be competent and well informed, represent-ing honest opinions seriously held and convincingly expressed. It does not accept responsibility for the views presented; what it does accept is the responsibility for giving them a chance to be heard.

EVENT PARTNERS

 

Chatham House - the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

 

EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations is an independent think-tank based in Brussels. Its interdisciplinary research is conducted in a spirit of total academic freedom. Drawing on the expertise of its own research fellows, as well as that of external specialists, both Belgian and foreign, it provides analysis and policy options that are meant to be as operational as possible.

 

European Council on Foreign Relations - ECFR’s Berlin office plays a central role in the organization’s pan-European network. Operating in the heart of Berlin, and representing the largest EU member state, the Berlin office is an incubator of new ideas and a forum for debate between policy makers, thought leaders, and the wider public.

Our work aims to strengthen the European perspective in Germany’s national political discourse on European foreign policy and international affairs. At the same time we offer our European audience continuous analysis on the latest policy developments in Germany as well as on the strategic trends that shape Germany’s role in Europe. Our goal is to explain Germany to Europe and Europe to Germany.

IRIS - a public-interest association created in 1991, is a French think tank on geopolitical and strategic issues. It is the only international think tank to have been set up as a totally private initiative in an independent approach. IRIS activities can be divided into four fields: research, organization of events and meetings, publishing and training.

 

MEDIA PARTNERS

 

Romuald Sciora Media - Romuald Sciora is an author, essayist and a documentary filmmaker born in Paris, who specializes the topic of the United Nations.  As a writer, he had published three books on the UN and an essay on the UN General Assembly. As a filmmaker, he has produced more than a dozen political documentaries, including a TV series devoted to the United Nations, broadcast in more than 20 countries. All of the UN Secretaries General from Kurt Waldheim to Ban Ki Moon participated to his work. Sciora received the prestigious award of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) in 2010. He lives in the US where he runs Le Monde diplomatique Debates, a program of conferences organized with the famous French monthly Le Monde diplomatique in partnerships with European Union, US think tanks and universities. He is also a consultant for different institutions, NGO and not-for profits.

Romuald Sciora Media organizes international conferences, co-publishes books on global policy and contributes to the production of documentaries on the same topic. RSM also provides consulting services. Our main partners are European Union agencies, various universities, including New York University and American University, as well as think tanks and NGOs. 

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