Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellows Announced At Brussels Forum
On Friday, March 15, GMF President Craig Kennedy officially announced the recipients of the second Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellowship, Jesper Pedersen and Tomasz Szatkowski, at Brussels Forum.
Jesper Pedersen is the Democratic Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, in the US House of Representatives. Pedersen came to this position with prior work experience in both the United States and Europe working as an Outreach Officer for the EU Delegation to the United States and a foreign Policy Advisor to the US House of Representatives, in addition to working for the nonprofit Humanity in Action in Denmark and as a Legislative Assistant to US Representative Grace Napolitano. Pedersen has been awarded the Asmus Fellowship to pursue a project that seeks to explain the lack of attention to European and Eurasian energy security issues by legislators in the US Congress, the EU Parliament and other national European legislators. He hopes his work will draw attention to the limitations of existing venues for their cooperation, with the ultimate goal of exploring how energy security might be promoted to move up on the list of priorities for on the transatlantic agenda. Pedersen holds a MA in Public Administration from Roskilde University.
Tomasz Szatkowski is Chairman of the team of national security advisers at the think tank CAFR. In this position, Szatkowski has published numerous articles on national security and defense issues, has testified as an external expert to the Polish Senate’s Committee on National Defense, and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and to write for the press. Before he assumed his current position, Szatkowski worked as an Adviser to the Minister coordinator for Special Services, a Security Advisor to the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, and in the management of the Polish national defense syndicate organization the Bunmar Group. Szatkowski will use his Asmus Fellowship to explore the question of defense capabilities in regional settings where Poland could constitute an important participant. In particular, Szatkowski plans to examine possibilities for deeper regional cooperation in defense industry policies and to explore ways the culture of defense policy formation might be improved in the same regional setting.
Winners of the Asmus Fellowship are granted a year of financial support for their research and invitations to high level meetings in order to develop an original policy idea that will make a positive impact on the transatlantic community.