Seventh annual Transatlantic Young Leaders Conference held in Italy
From June 20-22, GMF held its seventh annual Transatlantic Young Leaders Conference in Tremezzo, Italy. This year's conference entitled "A New Transatlantic Pragmatism? Defining Areas for Cooperation" focused on how the United States and Europe can work together on issues such asdemocracy promotion, globalization, and addressing the nuclear threats of Iran and North Korea. There were also smaller break-out sessions on the 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections and EU Leadership.
The three-day conference brought together 30 young European and American leaders for stimulating discussions and debates. Before opening up to a broad ranging and engaging discussion, each session started with introductory remarks from both an American and European expert. The participants also enjoyed a special dinner session, where the host venue prepared a special menu highlighting international influence on regional Italian cuisine.
Every year since 2001, GMF in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation has convened the Transatlantic Conference for Young Leaders on the shores of Lake Como in Tremezzo, Italy. The annual conference brings together promising European and American leaders under the age of 40 to discuss and debate the challenges facing the Euro-Atlantic community. Participants come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including government, business, media, nongovernmental organizations and think tanks. The conference helps promote transatlantic ties by developing lasting professional and personal connections on both sides of the Atlantic.