GMF convenes fifth annual Think Tank Symposium
On June 17 and 18, the fifth annual Think Tank Symposium, one of GMF's flagship events, convened this year in Washington, DC. Working with the support of the European Commission, the Think Tank Symposium brings together over 40 leading experts from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss issues of mutual concern.
This year, the symposium assembled panel discussions on the future of the European constitution, U.S. and European behavior towards the Muslim world, the future of the Balkans, and transatlantic strategies for Iran. Panel discussions were lead by Jan Techau, German Council on Foreign Relations, Tod Lindberg, Policy Review; Haizam Amirah-Fernández, Real Instituto Elcano; Daniel Benjamin, The Brookings Institution; Gerald Knaus, European Stability Initivative; James O'Brien, The Albright Group; Phil Gordon, The Brookings Institution; and Michael Lüders, expert on Middle Eastern affairs. Each of these panelists have submitted a written work on their area of expertise, available for download below (PDF):
- Panel I: How to improve the EU's foreign policy and its external presentation?
- Panel II: Kosovo's uncertain future and the next transatlantic steps in the Balkans
- Panel III: How to engage the Muslim world?
- Panel IV: How can the United States and Europe resolve the Iran crisis?
These panel discussions were launched with speeches by such notable figures as John Bruton, European Union Ambassador to the United States, and Kurt Volker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Final remarks were given by Dr. Ulrike Guérot, a leading scholar on the transatlantic relationship and a Transatlantic Fellow with the Berlin office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States.
The first convening of the Think Tank Symposium was in Washington, DC in 2003. In 2004, the conference took place in Dublin, where the topic was, "The United States and the EU: New Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century." In 2005, the conference came back to Washington, DC, where participants discussed the theme, "The United States and the EU: Shaping a Common Geo-Strategy." Last year, the Think Tank Symposium took place in Vienna, Austria, and tackled the topic "A Transatlantic Synthesis: Between a political Union and a geo-strategic Europe." All four past conferences were very successful and generated a considerable amount of praise from the think tank community; the reports for both events as well as the policy papers published are available on the GMF's and the European Commission's websites.