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Transatlantic Dilemmas of Power

Center for Transatlantic Relations

Friday, December 7, 2012 from 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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4th Europe – USA Forum

Transatlantic Dilemmas of Power

December 7, 2012
8:45 am - 4:00 pm

Kenney Auditorium
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC


Leading opinion makers from both the US and Europe will assess the tools at their disposal to effectively respond to economic, strategic and social challenges facing the transatlantic community and the world at large.

We hope you can join us for this whole day event of discussions – the first of its kind to be held on the eve of a new presidential term. Speakers will address the transatlantic economy, security and resilience, the energy and the environment. The event will stress the importance of overcoming the outdated “Mars and Venus” dichotomy. It will be a contribution to the transatlantic agenda for the next four years.

Our speakers include leading representatives of the US Administration and members of the Congress of the United States, former French Minister of Defense Alain Richard, Italian Senator Mario Baldassarri, director of Chatham House Robin Niblett, Financial Times columnist John Dizard and many others.


8:45 am Registration, coffee
9:10 am Welcome by Daniel Hamilton, Executive Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations
9:15 am

Panel I: Transatlantic Cooperation in an Era of Austerity

Daniel Hamilton
, Executive Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Christopher Smart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia, Department of the Treasury
Gordon Bajnai, Former Prime Minister of Hungary
Frans Van Daele, Former Head of the Cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy, Belgium
Mario Baldassarri, Senator, Chairman of the Finance and Treasury Committee, Italy
Karan Bhatia, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Global Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric

Eduardo Cabrita, Chairman of the Budget Committee, Portugal
Timmy Dooley, Member of the EU Committee, Parliament, Ireland

10:30 am Coffee break
10:45 am

Panel II: Transatlantic Leadership and Rising Powers

Hans Binnendijk
, Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House, United Kingdom
Peter Burian, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovakia
Fiona Hill
, Director, Center on the United States and Europe, Senior Fellow, Brookings
Alain Richard
, Senator, Former Minister of Defense, France
Kurt Volker, Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Werner Fasslabend, President, Political Academy of the Austrian People’s Party, Austria

11.45 am

Panel III: The Pacific Pivot -- What does it mean for Transatlantic Economic and Strategic Relations?

Daniel Hamilton, Executive Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Christine Wormuth, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Strategy Plans and Forces
Nirav Patel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multilateral Affairs and Regional Security Policy, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Urban Ahlin
, Foreign Policy Spokesperson, Social Democratic Party, Riksdag, Sweden

Paula Dobriansky, Former Undersecretary of State
Witold Waszczykowski, Vice Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament, Poland

12:45 pm Lunch
1:30 pm

Panel IV: The Transatlantic Energy Disconnect

Introduction: Andras Simonyi, Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy

Daniel Hamilton, Executive Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Iulian Fota, National Security Advisor, Presidency of Romania
Neven Mimica, Deputy Prime Minister, Croatia
William Nitze, Oceana Energy, Aspen Institute
John Dizard, Financial Times
Ivan Miklos, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Member of National Council, Slovakia

Lucio D’Ubaldo, Senator, President of the Italy-USA Foundation, Italy
Asim Mollazade, Chairman of the Democratic Reforms Party, Azerbaijan

2:45 pm

Panel V: Getting Beyond Venus and Mars -- Forging an Effective Transatlantic Partnership

Andras Simonyi, Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Thomas Debass, Director for Global Partnerships, Department of State
Dan Petre, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania
Teuta Arifi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Macedonia
Gabriel Elorriaga Pisarik, Chairman of the Finance and Public Administration Committee, Congress of Deputies, Spain
Giorgi Baramidze, Vice Chairman, Parliament, Georgia

Josef Braml, Editor-in-Chief, DGAP Yearbook, German Council on Foreign Relations, Germany

4:00 pm Closing remarks by Daniel Hamilton, Executive Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations


Have questions about Transatlantic Dilemmas of Power? Contact Center for Transatlantic Relations

When & Where

Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Friday, December 7, 2012 from 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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Center for Transatlantic Relations

The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations is a non-profit research center that engages opinion leaders on contemporary challenges facing Europe and North America. The goal of the Center is to strengthen and reorient transatlantic relations to the dynamics of a globalizing world.

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