Council closes the year with engaging discussion on Europe

Speaker Jeffrey Rathke with Council President & CEO Angelica Ocampo and Board Member John T. Ryan III.

Why discuss a region as stable as Europe? As Jeffrey Rathke, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies puts it, when the U.S. wants to do anything difficult anywhere in the world, they call Europe first. On Tuesday, December 13, Mr. Rathke discussed this important transatlantic relationship during the Council’s annual John T. Ryan Jr. Memorial Lecture on the occasion of its 85th Annual Meeting.

Following this dynamic luncheon event, the Council sat down with Mr. Rathke to discuss his views on the future of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the significance of the U.S.-European trade relationship.

Check out what he had to say!

Prior to Tuesday’s luncheon discussion, Mr. Rathke spoke to students at his alma mater, Hampton High School. Over 50 students were in attendance, in grades 10 through 12, including one of the Council’s Global Leadership Certificate students. Questions focused on the refugee crisis and what image the United States is or should be portraying to the world.

Mr. Rathke, a Pittsburgh native, led an ambitious 20+ year career in the United States Department of Foreign Service with postings around the world and in Washington D.C. – much of which focused on Europe and the European Union.