Transatlantic Relations in a Time of Political Transition: A Symposium
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

State Room, 7th Floor
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St NW

Two years into the Trump presidency, with the prospect of a changing EU leadership following European elections in May, we now have a unique opportunity to take stock of the state of the transatlantic relationship and to look ahead to the coming years. Crucial issues include:
1. Follow-up to the U.S.-EU Joint Statement following the Trump-Juncker meeting from July 2018, including when it comes to trade negotiations
2. The U.S.-EU-China strategic triangle, in the context of the Belt and Road initiative's latest news, and U.S. concerns with Europe's 5G plans
3. The outlook for European economies, ten years after the onset of the 2008 crisis, and the approaching conclusion of the "Europe 2020" strategy
4. Prospects for Brexit negotiations, following the recent European Council's decision to push the deadline back to October 31, 2019
Over the past two years, the George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies has explored these and related issues through a "Jean-Monnet" speakers' series funded by the European Commission, in partnership with recent and upcoming holders of the Presidency of the Council. This symposium - the capstone event of the Jean-Monnet series will feature three sessions:

10:00-11:15am - Session 1: His Excellency Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Ambassador the United States

11:30am-12:45pm - Session 2: Her Excellency Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States and His Excellency George Cristian Maior, Ambassador of Romania to the United States

12:45-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15-3:00pm - Session 3: Dr. Stefano Braghiroli, University of Tartu, Estonia, Dr. Heinz Gaertner, University of Vienna, Georgiana Boboc, Romanian Institute for the Study of the Asia-Pacific (RISAP), Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Finnish Institute for International Affairs (FIIA), Miroslav Josic, advisor to the Executive Director for Benelux/Croatia, IMF

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