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Statesmen's Forum: H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister

March 12, 2015 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Maintaining Transatlantic Unity in a Complex World

Please join us for a timely discussion with German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the importance of transatlantic unity during a time of heightened geopolitical uncertainty. From the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the rise of the Islamic State to the intensification of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, transatlantic policy unity has been indispensable but cannot be taken for granted. As these international challenges multiply and intensify in the coming weeks and months, the United States and Europe must overcome their own domestic political and economic challenges to take decisive action as the international legal order comes under increasing strain. How will U.S. and German foreign and security policies adapt to this complex security environment? Will transatlantic unity be maintained and renewed or will transatlantic divisions and differences be exacerbated? Will the U.S. return to its traditional role as an engaged European power or will it support greater European leadership in Europe in order to prioritize its policy interests in Asia and the Middle East?

Introduced and Moderated by

Dr. John J. Hamre
CEO and President, and
the Pritzker Chair


John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership