- The Hon. Jeanne Shaheen, United States Senator; Member, Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on Armed Services
- H.E. David O’Sullivan, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
- The Hon. Niels Annen, Member, German Bundestag; Spokesperson on foreign affairs, SPD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag
-- HRVP Federica Mogherini will be unable to join the discussion as she has had to return to Europe earlier than expected for high level meetings --
- Dr. Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is honored to invite you to a conversation on the enduring legacy of the Marshall Plan today featuring U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan, and member of the German Parliament and spokesperson on foreign affairs for the SPD Parliamentary Group Niels Annen. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 9, 2017 with a preceding reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. in room 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building. The discussion will be moderated by GMF President Dr. Karen Donfried.
The early 20th Century was a time marked by unprecedented violence and destruction, rapid social and technological change, economic upheaval, and mass movement of peoples – many of the same problems that confront the United States and Europe today. Yet seventy years later, the Marshall Plan, designed to revive Europe from its war torn economic and political landscapes, still continues to serve as a source of hope across both sides of the Atlantic, and the world. The transatlantic spirit of the Marshall Plan demonstrated that with shared purpose we can overcome seemingly insurmountable problems. In a time of global instability and political ambiguity, the international collaboration and shared prosperity established by the Marshall Plan remains as crucial today as it was at its origin. Forty-five years ago, GMF was created in the spirit of cooperation embodied by the Marshall Plan. To commemorate the 70th Anniversary, this event will begin a series of GMF-led discussions to celebrate and move forward the achievements of the transatlantic relationship.
Jeanne Shaheen serves as senior Senator for the state of New Hampshire. She has served in the U.S. Senate since 2009, and is a member of the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She serves on the Subcommittee on European Affairs, which has jurisdiction over NATO, the European Union, Russia, Turkey, Kosovo, NATO operations in Afghanistan, and energy security issues. Previously, she served as governor of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2003. During her time in the statehouse, she helped create nearly 67,000 new jobs while keeping New Hampshire’s tax burden the lowest in the country. Between her time as governor and her election to the U.S. Senate, Shaheen served as the director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. She holds a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in political science.
David O’Sullivan is the European Union’s top diplomat to the United States, overseeing the EU’s bilateral relationship with the U.S. and the direction and work of the EU Delegation including political, economic, and commercial affairs. His work supports the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in implementing the EU’s foreign policy. He also represents the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission. O’Sullivan has a long and distinguished career that spans five decades. He has served in a number of senior official posts in the European public service. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to the U.S., he was the chief operating officer of the European External Action Service and responsible for establishing this new EU diplomatic service. The Service is one of the largest diplomatic networks with 140 delegations across the globe.
Niels Annen is a foreign policy leader in the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Since 2014, he has served as spokesperson on foreign affairs of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, where he represents the electoral district Hamburg-Eimsbüttel. He is also a member of the SPD’s executive committee. Annen was first elected to the Bundestag in 2005, and was a member until 2009, before being re-elected in 2013. He currently is a permanent member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a substitute member of the Committee on Economics and Energy. Annen also serves as deputy spokesperson of the Parliamentary Left, the largest political grouping within the SPD Parliamentary Group and acts as the chairperson of the SPD’s Commission for International Politics. Annen was a senior transatlantic fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington between 2010-11.