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Inclusive Leadership Programs: Advancing Disability Rights in the Transatlantic Context April 15, 2014 / Washington, D.C.

Most recently on April 8, the German Marshall Fund hosted a leadership, diversity and inclusion best practices exchange titled “The Digital Frontier: Widening Access for People with Disability” to share innovative, inclusive leadership strategies across the Atlantic.

Keynote from South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting April 14, 2014

In a keynote address, S. Frederick Starr explains how the events in Crimea are representative of a larger Russian tactic of seeking out geopolitical vacuums and promoting them, only to be the actor that then fills that void. He characterizes this strategy as "filling vacuums", and claimed the West, and the United States in particular, should be prepared to fill these vacuums if they are serious of halting further progress of Russia's revanchist designs

China’s Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution March 14, 2014

Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.

Signature Conferences

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) convenes annually a number of signature conferences that bring together a wide range of institutions and individuals working on transatlantic policy issues from North America, Europe, and the rest of the world to address transatlantic and global challenges.

The Atlantic Dialogues is an annual high-level gathering of the most influential public- and private-sector leaders from around the Atlantic basin for open, informal discussion on cross-regional issues ranging from security to economics, migration to energy. Participants from North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia will include senior officials, business leaders, opinion shapers and the media.

GMF’s most recognized event is its annual Brussels Forum, which welcomes more than 300 guests annually for intimate, high-level discussions on the future of the transatlantic agenda. Brussels Forum is an annual high-level meeting of influential North American and European political, corporate, and intellectual leaders to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic. Participants include heads of state, senior officials from the European Union institutions and the member states, U.S. Cabinet officials, Congressional representatives, Parliamentarians, academics, and journalists.

The Marshall Forum on Transatlantic Affairs is the premiere annual event for alumni of GMF’s leadership development initiatives, most notably the Marshall Memorial Fellowship program.  The conference has a tradition of showcasing new regions of the United States and Europe while gathering distinguished American and European leaders from business, public policy, NGO, and the media. The conference serves as an opportunity for participants to remain engaged in the transatlantic dialogue, to interact with global policy experts, and to network with other emerging leaders.

Stockholm China Forum

The Stockholm China Forum is a major initiative by the German Marshall Fund, the STINT Foundation, the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. On a biannual basis, the Forum brings together policymakers, intellectuals, journalists, and businesspeople from Europe, the United States, and Asia for an ongoing and systematic dialogue to assess the impact of China’s rise and its implications for European and U.S. foreign, economic, and security policy. The Forum has included a range of senior policymakers and China-watchers from both sides of the Atlantic, many of whom have formed a core group of regular participants. The third Forum was the first to include Chinese and other Asian participants (from Japan, India, and South Korea), who have since become regular participants.

Congress-Bundestag Forum

With the support of the Bosch Foundation, GMF hosts an annual Congress-Bundestag Forum to bring members of both bodies together for open dialogue between policymakers in the United States and Germany on pressing issues facing the transatlantic relationship. The forum alternates each year between the United States and Germany.

NATO Conferences

Periodically, GMF hosts a policy and ideas conference on the sidelines of the NATO Summit. Previous conferences have been held in Bucharest, Romania; Riga, Latvia; and Istanbul, Turkey, and have featured heads of state from the United States, Canada, and Afghanistan along with the NATO Secretary General.

The Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (TFMI) is a learning community on migration and integration. The Forum serves as a leading platform for convening future decision-makers and an international forum for exchange on crucial immigration and integration issues. Established in 2008, TFMI brings together young leaders from business, government, media, academia, and the nonprofit sector on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as participants from both sending and receiving countries, to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by ongoing migration flows. By exploring multiple perspectives on these issues, participants share ideas for best practices and form lasting and sustainable professional relationships across political and national boundaries.