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Young Strategist Forum 2014 April 18, 2014 / Tokyo, Japan

The third Young Strategists Forum (YSF) was held in Tokyo from January 31- Feb 4, 2014 in partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

Keynote from South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting April 14, 2014

In a keynote address, S. Frederick Starr explains how the events in Crimea are representative of a larger Russian tactic of seeking out geopolitical vacuums and promoting them, only to be the actor that then fills that void. He characterizes this strategy as "filling vacuums", and claimed the West, and the United States in particular, should be prepared to fill these vacuums if they are serious of halting further progress of Russia's revanchist designs

China’s Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution March 14, 2014

Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.

Press Release

Foreign Policy Expert Simon Serfaty Joins GMF as Senior Fellow April 12, 2012

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2012) – The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) announces today that Dr. Simon Serfaty has joined the organization as a Senior Fellow focusing on transatlantic relations and European policy. In this position, Serfaty will work in close collaboration with GMF’s Foreign Policy and Civil Society Program, its EuroFuture Project, and its Hard Security Project. Serfaty will also actively participate in GMF-sponsored events, work with contacts on both sides of the Atlantic, and write analytical pieces within his area of expertise.

“Simon’s experience, his networks, and his expertise are a tremendous asset for GMF as we tackle the problems of the transatlantic community in the 21st century,” said GMF President Craig Kennedy.

Previously, Serfaty was a senior advisor to the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a leading think tank in Washington, DC. At CSIS, he served as director of the CSIS Europe Program (1993-2003). From 2003-11, he was the first holder of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and was appointed as Emeritus Chair in September 2011. Since 1992, Serfaty has also been a senior professor of U.S. foreign policy with the Graduate Programs in International Studies at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to joining ODU, where he also carries the title of Eminent Scholar, he taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) as a research professor in U.S. foreign policy and worked as director of the Johns Hopkins Bologna Center in Bologna Italy (1972-1976),and as director of the Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute (1985-1991).

Serfaty serves on the strategic board of the Paris-based French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and sits on the editorial board of many professional journals in the United States and Europe. Serfaty is the author and editor of a large number of books, including most recently Vital Partnership: Power and Order (2005) and Architects of Delusion: Europe, America, and the Iraq War 2008). In 2008, Serfaty was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Serfaty has been a naturalized U.S. citizen since 1965.


The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues. GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies. Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has six offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, and Bucharest. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm. ###