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Transatlantic Cooperation for Global Security: The 6th Annual Symposium on the EU's Common Security & Defense Policy

June 6, 2017 • 9:00 am – 4:15 pm EDT
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The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) invite you to the 6th edition of the annual symposium on the EU's Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).

On the anniversary of D-Day and the as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, senior European and U.S. defense and security stakeholders will discuss the state of play of EU-U.S. cooperation on strategic challenges and the way ahead. Topics covered will include hybrid warfare, counterterrorism, investment in defense, threat perception, and maritime security.

9:00-9:30 Welcoming remarks by H.E. David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
9:30-10:45 Panel 1: Protecting the Transatlantic Homeland: Counterterrorism, Financial Intelligence and Law Enforcement Cooperation
What are the principal areas of transatlantic law enforcement and counterterrorism cooperation, and where should the U.S. and Europe focus their efforts to expand cooperation? How is the CSDP mission in the Sahel supporting counterterrorism efforts in Europe?
  • ModeratorJuan Zarate, Senior Advisor, CSIS
  • Manuel Navarrete, Head of European Counterterrorism Center, Europol
  • The Honroable John Carlin, Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice
  • The Honorable Jamal El-Hindi, Acting Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Department of the Treasury
  •  Hillary Batjer Johnson, Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security, Screening, and Designations, Department of State
10:45-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:45 Keynote: Investing in the Future: European Union Action on Security and Defense
  • H.E. Margus Tsahkna, Minister of Defense, Republic of Estonia - on behalf of the upcoming Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU
Remarks by:
  • H.E. Raimundas Karoblis, Minister of Defense, Republic of Lithuania
  • ModeratorHeather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program, CSIS
11:45-12:15 Break, lunch served
12:15-1:15 Panel 2: Threat Perception and Future of Security and Defense

Live audience polling on threat perceptions and future threats followed by an interactive discussion with:
  • ModeratorMargaret Brennan, White House and Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News
  • Philip Crowther, White House Correspondent, France 24
  • Vago Muradian, Founder and Editor, Defense and Aerospace Report
  • Jacob Poushter, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center
  • Dr. Heather Roff, Research Scientist, Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University
1:15-1:30 Coffee Break
1:30-2:45 Panel 3: Russian Influence and Hybrid Warfare
The Transatlantic community faces an unprecedented array of new challenges, including exploitation of cyberspace and the weaponization of false and misleading information. How should governments respond? How can we inoculate our societies against improper external influence? What is the scope of Transatlantic cooperation and what are the near-term steps to expand it?
  • ModeratorJim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN
  • The Honorable Joe Wilson (R-SC), U.S. House of Representatives
  • John Heffern, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State
  • Gabor Iklody, Director of Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Mikael Tofvesson, Head, Global Monitoring and Analysis Section, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
2:45-4:00 Panel 4: Maritime Insecurity?: A Transatlantic Challenge
The United States and the European Union face an array of maritime security challenges. What are the methods of transatlantic cooperation on maritime security, specifically in the Mediterranean and North Africa? How is CSDP engaging in this region?
  • ModeratorAdmiral (Ret.) Mark E. Ferguson, III, Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Europe Program, CSIS
  • Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Lt. General Esa Pulkkinnen, Director, EU Military Staff
  • Rachel Ellehuus, Principal Director for European and NATO Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy), U.S. Department of Defense
 4:00-4:15 Closing remarks – end of symposium

Event Partners

Juan C. Zarate
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Transnational Threats Project and Human Rights Initiative

Heather A. Conley