On May 15, GMF hosted a roundtable discussion on "Candidates and partners: The European Union in the European neighborhood," featuring Tim Hitchens, director of European political affairs in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom; and Ian Lesser, senior transatlantic fellow at GMF. Peter Van Praagh, GMF's senior director for Wider Europe, moderated the discussion. The discussion observed the Chatham House Rule.
On Monday, May 11, the German Marshall Fund (GMF) together with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation hosted a panel discussion in Berlin titled "Tackling the Financial Crisis - Approaches From Both Sides of the Atlantic," featuring GMF Transatlantic Fellow Joseph Quinlan, Member of the German Bundestag Otto Fricke (FDP), Steven Clemons of the New America Foundation and Daniela Schwarzer of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. The discussion was moderated by Petra Pinzler of the German weekly DIE ZEIT.
On May 11, GMF hosted two events for leaders in the NGO and business communities and congressional staffers, respectively, to discuss the updated (2009) version of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement cost curve conducted by McKinsey & Co. The events featured Jon Wilkins, a partner at McKinsey & Co. with Jake Werksman, director of institutions & governance at the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Dr. Joseph Romm, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress as respondents.
On May 8, GMF held an event to present a book called The Godfather Doctrine, which draws clear and essential lessons from perhaps the greatest Hollywood movie ever made to illustrate America's changing geopolitical place in the world and how our country can best meet the momentous strategic challenges it faces. John Hulsman and Wess Mitchell provided explanation of the concept and book, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Robert Kagan provided a response to their comments.