On September 23, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) launched the Washington, DC chapter of its Young Transatlantic Network (YTN), hosting GMF President Karen Donfried for an off-the-record discussion on today’s most pressing transatlantic issues. With the NATO Summit in South Wales recently concluded, Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis increasing, and multiple conflicts raging in the Middle East, the transatlantic relationship is as important now as any time since the end of the Cold War. Given her depth of experience in European affairs and the U.S. government, Dr. Donfried addressed topics from ISIS, Germany, and Afghanistan to Russia, Ukraine, and women’s advancement in the think tank sector. Moderated by GMF’s Executive Assistant to the President Neil Walther, the conversation was informal and candid, allowing for a genuine exchange with participants. The event and networking reception attracted over 50 representatives from the diplomatic, think tank, academic, government, private, and media sectors.
The Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) is a flagship initiative of GMF specifically geared toward young professionals. The network aims to strengthen transatlantic relations by offering the next generation of leaders opportunities to critically engage on core challenges facing Europe and the United States, as well as new issues posed by the increasing geographic reach of transatlantic cooperation.