On heels of Middle East trip, Solana touts challenges facing region

On Tuesday, March 20, H.E. Javier Solana visited the German Marshall Fund of the United States to discuss challenges facing the transatlantic community in the Middle East. Solana, the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European Union, was recently back from a three-nation tour of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Syria.

Turkey: Areas of Freedom, Security, and Justice

On March 19, GMF, in cooperation with Istanbul's Koc University, and Germany's Research Center for International and European Law on Immigration and Asylum at University of Konstanz, organized a workshop on the topic of "Turkey in the Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice: Legal and Political Aspects". The workshop brought together German and Turkish academics of law and political science and practitioners in the executive, administrative and legislative branches of government and was chaired by Professor Hailbronner of University of Konstanz and Professor Ansay of Koc University.

Lessons for a new European Neighborhood Policy for the Black Sea Region

From March 12-13, GMF co-hosted a workshop focusing on the Black Sea Region entitled, "Lessons for a new European Neighborhood Policy for the Black Sea Region" together with the Weidenfeld Institute for Strategic Dialogue. The event provided a platform for EU and German government officials and experts to discuss how to foster regional cooperation and closer approximation with the EU for the Black Sea Region without the offer of full membership to the Union.