Congressional Panel Discussion - February 12, 2009

Revitalizing the Transatlantic Security Partnership: An Agenda For Action

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Stephen Larrabee
Julian Lindley-French
Robert Hunter
Klaus Scharioth


James Dobbins, RAND Corporation
Josef Janning, Bertelsmann Stiftung


Thursday, February 12, 2009


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be provided


2220 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

About the Program

In the coming decade, the United States and Europe face a daunting array of challenges that are so complex and demanding that neither the United States nor Europe can manage them on their own. The election of President Barack Obama provides an opportunity to overcome many of the divisions that have bedeviled U.S.–European relations in recent years and to give the transatlantic partnership new dynamism and vision.

To successfully address upcoming challenges, a new transatlantic security partnership must be crafted that reflects both global and political realities. This will require not only closer cooperation between the United States and its European allies but a new vision and mind-set on both sides of the Atlantic.

The panel will discuss key conclusions and policy recommendations of the new report by the RAND Corporation and the Bertelsmann Stiftung Revitalizing the Transatlantic Security Partnership: An Agenda for Action.

The Panelists will include:

F. Stephen Larrabee
Distinguished Chair in European Security, RAND Corporation

Julian Lindley-French
Professor of Military Operational Science, Netherlands Defence Academy & Senior Associate Fellow, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

Robert E. Hunter
Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation
U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1993–1998)

Klaus Scharioth
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States

The Moderators will be:

James Dobbins
Director, RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center
Ambassador to the European Community (1991–1993)
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (2001)

Josef Janning
Senior Director, Bertelsmann Stiftung

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