- H.E. Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Defense, Norway
- Dr. Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Over the past several years, there has been a growing number of pressing security global challenges facing Europe and the United States. From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to rising tensions in the South China Sea, to the protracted and tragic conflict in Syria, today’s geopolitical context only demands more transatlantic leadership and engagement. Given this, and as both Europe and the United States experience their own dynamic political contexts, how do transatlantic nations continue to strengthen their security partnership? Beyond this, how can the partnership continue to tackle ongoing security challenges in and beyond Europe’s neighborhoods, as well as mitigate emerging ones? What will the role of key alliances and institutions, such as NATO, be in addressing these new and ongoing challenges? These questions and more will be the focus of a conversation with Norwegian Defense Minister Søreide. The discussion will be moderated by GMF President Dr. Karen Donfried.
Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide is a Norwegian politician and was elected as a Member of the Storting for Oslo County in 2005. After the parliamentary elections in September 2013, she became Minister of Defense. From 2009-13, she served as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, as well as of the Enlarged Foreign Affairs Committee. At the same time, she was Head of the Delegation for Relations with the European Parliament, and Head of the European Consultative Committee. Søreide has served as a Member of the Conservative Party Central Executive Committee since 2000. Previous political appointments include Chair, Young Conservatives in Norway (2000-04); First Vice Chair, Young Conservatives in Norway (1998-2000); Member, Central Executive Committee of the Young Conservatives in Norway (1996-98); and First Vice Chair, Troms Young Conservatives (1995-96).
Dr. Karen Donfried is president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before assuming this role in April 2014, Donfried was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. In that capacity, she was the president’s principal advisor on Europe and led the interagency process on the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. As NIO, she directed and drafted strategic analysis to advance senior policymakers’ understanding of Europe. Donfried first joined GMF in 2001 after having served for ten years as a European specialist at the Congressional Research Service. From 2003-05, she was responsible for the Europe portfolio on the U.S. Department of State's Policy Planning Staff. Her second term of service at GMF was 2005-10, first as senior director of policy programs and then as executive vice president. Donfried serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a member of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Advisory Board from 2015-17. From 2014-16, Donfried served as vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States; in 2016, she became a member of WEF’s Global Future Council on Regional Governance.