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America’s Relationship with Europe – Does It Matter?
October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Peters Township Public Library in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh will host an open conversation between Karl-Theodor Zu Guttenberg and Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter about the future of the transatlantic relationship, including the challenges and opportunities we face in the current global political climate. Moderator for the program will be Julianne Smith. The evening’s format will allow for audience interaction and dialog.
Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg served as Minister of Economics and Technology and then as Minister of Defense in the cabinet of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. As the youngest Defense Minister in German history, he led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr’s founding. During his time in office, he enjoyed great political popularity. Mr. zu Guttenberg was a Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) from 2002 to 2011, served as spokesman on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and was a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Secretary General of Germany’s co-governing CSU party. He is a Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, and served as Senior Advisor to the European Commission leadership on global Internet freedom.
Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter was Sweden’s Director-General for Trade before becoming Ambassador to the USA on Sept 1. Prior to this, she held the position of Deputy Director-General and Head of the Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR in Stockholm for two years. She served as Ambassador at the Embassy in Budapest from 2011 to August 2014. Between 2008 and 2011, Ms Olofsdotter served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC, where she had overall responsibility for coordination of the work at the Embassy. She entered the Foreign Service in 1994, and served as Chief of Staff to the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and as Director of the Ministers Office in Stockholm before joining the Embassy in Washington. Ms Olofsdotter has also served at the Swedish EU Representation in Brussels, Belgium, working with European security policy and defence issues. She chaired the EU’s Political-Military Group during the Swedish Presidency of the EU in 2001.
Julianne Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” From 2012-2013, she served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States. In addition to advising the Vice President on a wide range of foreign and defense policy issues, she represented him in Cabinet and Deputies level interagency meetings. During March and April of 2013, she served as the Acting National Security Advisor to the Vice President. Before her post at the White House, she served for three years as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In that capacity, Ms. Smith acted as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for all matters falling within the broad spectrum of NATO and European policy. Her office managed the Department’s bilateral relationships with 31 European countries. In January 2012, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
Thank you to McMurray Veterans of Foreign Wars POST 764 for their generous support for the 2017 International Program Series.