On November 18, the Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives department hosted the second in a series of five dialogues designed to engage leadership constituencies outside of Washington, DC on key strategic and security issues in an interconnected world. The dialogue that took place at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Georgia, featured Lieutenant General Hans-Worner Fritz, the commander of the German Armed Forces Joint Forces Operations Command in Potsdam, and Joseph Manso, a senior faculty advisor of the National War Colleague, who previously served as deputy permanent representative to the United States Mission to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as director of the Office of Americas Program in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The speakers shared their insights on “Leading a Multinational Workforce: the NATO Experience in Afghanistan,” highlighting the importance of building trust, engaging in multilateral trainings, developing cultural sensitivities and competencies, and preparing for a future of greater multinational engagements.
Kevin Cottrell, who moderated the conversation sponsored by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, explained why The German Marshall Fund of the United States is uniquely positioned to engage leaders across the United States in transatlantic dialogues such as this one: “What makes GMF unique is its extensive network of civic, business, and government leaders who benefited from its transatlantic programs, as well as its ability to make the knowledge and experience of more than half a century of transatlantic collaboration available with the help of its partners.” Lessons from Atlanta will not only help leaders navigate the challenges of coalition-building and joint-ventures, but will also raise the awareness of the multiple ways Europe and the United States are capable of cooperating on international challenges, military and civilian, including the current fight against Ebola in Africa.
The next dialogue will take place in Chicago on December 9. It will feature Ambassador Ivo H. Daadler, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Steven Hill, legal adviser and director of the Office of Legal Affairs at NATO, on “Who Says this is a State: The Volatility of Borders in the 21st Century.” The German Marshall Fund’s senior vice president for programs, Ivan Vejvoda, will moderate. The Global Security Dialogues series will culminate with the Marshall Seminar on Global Security scheduled for next April in Brussels, Belgium. To register for an upcoming dialogue, please use the link below. Access is limited to alumni of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, the Manfred Wörner Seminar, Leadership Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, the Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellowship, and the APSA Congressional Fellowship. Registration includes a three course meal and is non-refundable. Each alumnus may register a guest whom s/he believes will benefit from the conversation.
The Global Security Dialogues are sponsored by NATO's Public Diplomacy Division. The event is implemented in partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
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