GMF Communications Officer Will Bohlen sat down with Ivan Vejvoda, the director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy, to talk about the surprise victory in recent Serbia elections by the pro-European coalition around Serbian President Boris Tadic.
On May 28, GMF hosted Jan Figel, the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture, and Youth, for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing Europe as it works to educate its youth for a changing economic landscape. He was joined by Dr. Allan Goodman, president of the Institute for International Education, who offered a perspective on the future of American higher education.
On May 28, GMF Berlin hosted a panel discussion on the book "The End of the West," a collection of essays edited by Jeffrey Anderson of Georgetown, John Ikenberry of Princeton, and Thomas Risse of the Free University of Berlin. Anderson and Risse attended, and were joined by Michael Zürn, the dean of the Hertie School of Government in Berlin.
Each year, the German Marshall Fund of the United States provides substantial financial support to university institutes and think tanks in the U.S. and Europe working on immigration and integration issues. They are selected under the auspices of GMF's Immigration and Integration Program in a competitive application process and awarded one-year grants for convening and dissemination activities. This year, $400,000 in grant money was awarded to ten think tanks and policy institutes.
Those institutes receiving grants are:
From May 24 to 30, GMF led a study tour through Paris, France, and Stuttgart, Germany, consisting of six congressional staffers, one Congressional Research Service researcher, and two state-level elected officials to examine transportation infrastructure, systems, policies, and financing at all levels of government.
On May 15, GMF held a roundtable discussion on the recent parliamentary election in Serbia that featured Ivan Vejvoda, executive director of GMF's Belgrade office and the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD). Ambassador Michael Polt, senior transatlantic fellow at GMF, participated in the discussion, and Pavol Demes, director of GMF's Bratislava office, moderated the discussion. The event was held under the Chatham House rule.
On May 9, GMF hosted Mark Leonard for a discussion of his new book, "What Does China Think." While there has been much focus on the economic rise of China, scholars have devoted little attention to the philosophical, political, and cultural debates within China. Mark Leonard, the executive director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Dr.