Bringing the world to Pittsburgh for nearly 90 years
Loading Events

America’s Relationship with Europe – Does It Matter?

Oct 19, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please join us for a panel discussion and luncheon featuring Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, Kiron K. Skinner, and Julie Smith, moderated by Dr. Steven E. Sokol. This esteemed panel will discuss the future of the transatlantic relationship, including the challenges and opportunities we face in the current global political climate. Please scroll down for more information about the panelists and registration information.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Registration and check in: 11:45 a.m.
Lunch served: 12:00 p.m.

The discussion panel will commence during lunch and the event will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
Omni William Penn Hotel – Bob and Dolores Hope Room


Meet the Panel

Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, Former Minister of Defense of Germany, 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.
Read his full bio here.

Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter took up her post as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to the United States of America on September 1, 2017. Before her assignment to Washington DC she served as Director-General for Trade at the – Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden from September 1, 2016. Ambassador Olofsdotter has also held the position of Deputy DirectorGeneral and Head of the Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR in Stockholm in the two years prior.
Read her full bio here.

Julianne Smith
, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States from 2012-2013.
Read her full bio here.

Kiron K. Skinner is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is a member of three Hoover Institution projects: the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy; the working group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict; and the Arctic Security Initiative. At Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), she is founding director of the Center for International Relations and Politics; founding director of the Institute for Strategic Analysis; director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy, a new academic unit in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences; director of the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program; and associate professor (tenured) of international relations and political science.
Read her full bio here.

Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President of the American Council on Germany, served as President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh from July 2010 until April 2015. Prior to that, he was the Vice President and Director of Programs at the American Council on Germany for nearly eight years. In addition to his work at the ACG, in 2003, he launched the Political Salon, a forum that regularly convenes younger and mid-career professionals in New York City to discuss pressing foreign policy issues and global concerns.
Read his full bio here.

This program is made possible with support from the Center for a New American Security, the American Council on Germany, and the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Additional funds provided by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


Click here to view additional upcoming events

Share This Post