- Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
- Augusto Santos Silva, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Portuguese Republic
As the United States and Europe continue to face complex challenges at home and abroad, cooperation between the two partners remains of the utmost importance. Against this backdrop, a renewed commitment to institutions such as the European Union and NATO only grows more relevant, as established alliances face increasing pressure. In this current climate, it has become critical to take a step back and evaluate the most pressing issues facing both sides of the Atlantic in order to strengthen and adapt existing national and multi-national efforts to address them. As part of the Transatlantic Talk series, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) invites you to a conversation with the Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva to discuss the European project and transatlantic relations today.
Augusto Santos Silva has been the Foreign Affairs Minister of Portugal since 2015. He has previously held numerous roles in the Portuguese government including Portuguese Minister of National Defence, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Minister of Culture, and Minister of Education. He has a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Porto and a Doctorate in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon. Silva began his career as an economics professor at the University of Porto. He became the Dean of University of Porto in 1998, and Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Economics of Porto. Silva has published a number of books on sociology and the economy including The Whys of Hope: Ideas for the Future of Portugal (2015) and The Values of the democratic Left: Twenty Propositions for Public Scrutiny (2010).
GMF’s Transatlantic Talks series pairs high-level government officials from one side of the Atlantic with journalists or senior experts from the other side to discuss the issues most relevant to the transatlantic community. The wide-ranging series centers on foreign and security policy issues and questions immediately facing the transatlantic partnership. The on-the-record discussion format provides a platform for a moderated back-and-forth conversation between government officials, journalists, and the policy/think-tank community. You can follow the conversation on Twitter at #GMFTTalk.