On March 4, the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Washington, DC chapter of its Young Transatlantic Network hosted Derek Chollet, GMF's Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy. The event, entitled “Confronting Global Challenges: The Changing Role of U.S. Security Policy," offered participants a wide-ranging overview of the United States' most pressing security concerns. Having left the Pentagon in January after serving as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and previously serving the Obama Administration on the National Security Council, Chollet offered an in-depth viewpoint on the ability of the United States and its European allies to confront global security challenges. Throughout the conversation it became clear that a key component of confronting these difficult situations is close and continuous cooperation with European allies. The conversation with Chollet was led by Steven Keil, GMF’s Program Officer with the Foreign and Security Policy program, with an introduction by Ashley Bruggemann, Program Assistant with GMF's Congressional Relations program.
The Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) is a flagship initiative of GMF specifically geared toward young professionals 35 years old and younger. 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. GMF currently has YTN chapters in Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw, and Washington, DC.