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EU Defense Washington Forum

June 28 – 29, 2021

Please join the European Union Delegation to the United States and CSIS for the tenth annual EU Defense Washington Forum, an annual symposium dedicated to strengthening EU-U.S. cooperation on security and defense.

The Biden administration’s Interim National Security Guidance is clear on the priority Washington places on working with allies and partners. The strategy promises to “reinvigorate and modernize” alliances and partnerships, which the administration considers “America’s greatest strategic asset,” in order to advance our common interests and uphold our shared values. Consistent and pragmatic transatlantic cooperation on security issues is essential to realizing this goal. The EU’s blueprint for cooperation with the new U.S. administration, “A New Transatlantic Agenda for Global Change,” also prominently calls for further strengthening—and leveraging—our joint commitment to transatlantic and international security. 

This year’s forum will bring together leading stakeholders and experts from the transatlantic security and defense communities to focus on developing a shared analysis of the threat environment and of the capabilities required to improve our collective and individual response. 

 

Day One: Monday June 28, 2021 9:00am-11:55am

Defense 2030: Transatlantic Security and Strategic Competition

9:00 – 9:10am             Welcome Remarks                     

9:10 – 9:15am             Keynote Address: Global threats – The View from Europe 
In this keynote address, the European Union’s chief diplomat, High Representative Josep Borrell, will share his views on the EU’s strategic outlook, assessment of global threats, and cooperation with the United States. 
 
Speaker:
Josep BorrellHigh Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
 

9:15 – 9:30am             Keynote Conversation: Global Threats – The View from the United States
In this keynote conversation, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Jonathan Finer will sit down with Heather Conley, Director of the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program at CSIS, for a moderated discussion on the global threat environment.
 
Speaker:
Jonathan FinerU.S. Deputy National Security Advisor
 
Moderator:
Heather A. ConleyCSIS

9:35 – 10:20am           Panel 1: Russia and Hybrid Challenges
This panel will consider the nature of the Russian challenge beyond the conventional and kinetic, from cyber threats to disinformation to corruption and illicit finance. How can the United States and European Union work together to bolster the resilience of their societies, networks, and infrastructure in order to address threats below the threshold of armed conflict?
 
Speakers:
Teija TiilikainenDirector, European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
Christopher RobinsonDeputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. State Department
Jonatan VseviovSecretary General, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 
Moderator:
Julian BarnesNational Security Reporter, New York Times 
 

10:25 – 11:10am         Panel 2: China as a Security Challenge
This panel will consider how the United States and European Union can find common ground and pursue concrete cooperation on the security implications of a rising China. Where do threat perceptions diverge and converge? What should the priorities of cooperation be? What forums, institutions, or other cooperative formats should the transatlantic community use to address those priorities? 
 
Speakers:
Gunnar WiegandManaging Director, Asia Pacific, European External Action Service
Mikko HuotariExecutive Director, Mercator Institute on China Studies
Laura Rosenberger, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for China and Taiwan, U.S. National Security Council.
 
Moderator:
Bonny Lin, CSIS
 

11:20 – 11:55am         Panel 3: Transatlantic Cooperation on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
This panel will examine the implications of emerging and disruptive technologies (EDTs), such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum computing, for transatlantic security and defense. How can the United States and European Union cooperate on research and development? What obstacles may hinder cooperation? What are the dangers of falling behind adversaries? 
 
Speakers:
Jiří ŠedivýChief Executive, European Defence Agency
David van WeelAssistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
Michael Vaccaro, Acting Director, International Cooperation, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S)

Moderator:
Denise ZhengManaging Director for Strategic Initiatives, Accenture
 

11:55am – 12:00pm    Closing Remarks

 

Day Two: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 9:35am-12:30pm

Defense 2030: Transnational Challenges to Transatlantic Security
 

9:30am                          Welcoming Remarks

9:35 – 10:10am             Panel 1: The Arctic - Security Implications of Climate Change
This panel will consider the security implications of climate change for the transatlantic community by focusing on the region where climate impacts are the most dramatic and, perhaps, predictive of what the world will soon experience. What does a melting, increasingly open, and militarizing Arctic mean for transatlantic security and defense? What role can the European Union play in the region?
 
Speakers:
Trine BramsenMinister of Defence of Denmark
Harjit SajjanMinister of National Defence of Canada
James DeHart, U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region, U.S. State Department
 
Moderator:
Rachel EllehuusCSIS

10:15 – 10:40am           Keynote 1: Security Challenges in the Sahel and Beyond
In this moderated keynote conversation, João Gomes Cravinho, Minister of National Defence of Portugal will discuss the relevance of security challenges in sub-Saharan Africa for Europe and the United States. What are the external and internal challenges? How should the United States and European Union respond to the growing influence of Russia and China in Africa? How can the vast potential of the continent be reached? 
 
Speaker:
João Gomes Cravinho, Minister of National Defence of Portugal
 
Moderator:
Judd DevermontCSIS
 

10:45 – 11:15am           Panel 2: European and U.S. military engagement in Africa: An Operational Perspective
In this panel, high-ranking military officers will provide a detailed, ground-level breakdown of U.S. and EU military engagement on the African continent. Where are U.S. and European soldiers deployed? What are their missions and what challenges do they face? How does transatlantic cooperation manifest in this context? This panel will feature a pre-recorded statement by Brigadier General Fernando Luis Gracia Herreiz, Commander of EUTM Mali.
 
Speakers:
Vice Admiral Hervé BléjeanDirector-General, EU Military Staff
General Stephen J. TownsendCommander, U.S. Africa Command
Brigadier General Fernando Luis Gracia HerreizCommander, EU Training Mission Mali
 
Moderator:
Lara SeligmanPentagon Reporter, Politico
 

11:25 – 11:55am           Panel 3: EU-NATO-US Cooperation
This panel will focus on the importance of the EU-NATO relationship for transatlantic security and defense. What is the status of the implementation of the common set of proposals first outlined in 2016? How can early successes in improving military mobility on the European continent be replicated for other areas like resilience, cyber security, and emerging and disruptive technologies?  
 
Speakers:
Charles FriesDeputy Secretary General for CSDP and Crisis Response, European External Action Service
Uroš LampretState Secretary, Slovenian Ministry of Defense
James Mackey, Director for Security Policy and Partnerships, NATO
 
Moderator:
Rachel EllehuusCSIS
 

12:00 – 12:30pm          Panel 4: Spending Better for Future Capabilities
This panel will focus on how the United States and European allies and partners can pursue deeper cooperation on defense investment. How can collaboration be enhanced, from research and development to design and manufacturing to procurement? How can transatlantic cooperation increase the resilience of defense supply chains? What obstacles might impede collaboration and how could they be overcome? 
 
Speakers:
Dr. Victoria ColemanChief Scientist, U.S. Air Force
Daniel FiottSecurity and Defence Editor, EU Institute for Security Studies
 
Moderator:
Mackenzie EaglenResident Fellow, AEI
 


EU Privacy Statement

This event is funded by the European Union.
 

 

Event Partners

Sponsor
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John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
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Bonny Lin
Director, China Power Project and Senior Fellow, Asian Security

Heather A. Conley

Rachel Ellehuus

Denise E. Zheng

James Mackey

Director for Security Policy and Partnerships, NATO

Michael Vaccaro

Acting Director, International Cooperation, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S)
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Josep Borrell

Josep Borrell

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
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Jonathan Finer

Jonathan Finer

US Deputy National Security Advisor
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Stavros Lambrinidis

Stavros Lambrinidis

EU Ambassador to the United States
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Trine Bramsen

Trine Bramsen

Minister of Defence, Denmark
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Harjit Sajjan

Harjit Sajjan

Minister of National Defence, Canada
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João Gomes Cravinho

João Gomes Cravinho

Minister of National Defence, Portugal
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Teija Tiilikainen

Teija Tiilikainen

Director, European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
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Jiří Šedivý

Jiří Šedivý

Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
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David Van Weel

David Van Weel

Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
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Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean

Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean

Director-General, European Union Military Staff
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General Stephen J. Townsend

General Stephen J. Townsend

Commander, U.S. Africa Command
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Uroš Lampret

Uroš Lampret

State Secretary, Slovenian Ministry of Defense
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Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman

Chief Scientist, United States Air Force
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Charles Fries

Charles Fries

Deputy Secretary General for CSDP and Crisis Response, European External Action Service
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Gunnar Wiegand

Gunnar Wiegand

Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, European External Action Service
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Mikko Huotari

Mikko Huotari

Executive Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies
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Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes

National Security Reporter, New York Times
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Lara Seligman

Lara Seligman

Pentagon Correspondent, Politico
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Mackenzie Eaglen

Mackenzie Eaglen

Resident Fellow, AEI
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Christopher Robinson

Christopher Robinson

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. State Department
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Jonatan Vseviov

Jonatan Vseviov

Secretary General, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Daniel Fiott

Daniel Fiott

Security and Defence Editor, EU Institute for Security Studies
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Laura Rosenberger

Laura Rosenberger

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for China and Taiwan, U.S. National Security Council
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James DeHart

James DeHart

U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region, U.S. State Department