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United States Institute of Peace

Presented by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, in partnership with the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

9:00am-9.30am | Registration, Coffee and Light Breakfast

9.30am – 10.00am |  Welcome Session

Carlucci Auditorium

Welcome Remarks

  • Jim Marshall, President, United States Institute of Peace
  • Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Keynote Speech

  • Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

Morning Sessions – Carlucci Auditorium

10.-0am-11.00am | Plenary Session 1  | Capability Development

Moderator: Hans Binnendijk, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

  • General Jean-Paul Paloméros, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
  • Rini Goos, Deputy Chief Executive, European Defense Agency
  • Jim Townsend, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

11.00am-11.30am | Coffee Break

11.30am-12.30pm  | Plenary Session 2 |Smart Power and the Comprehensive Approach

Moderator: Steven Pifer, BrookingsInstitution

  • Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service
  • Dr. James Schear, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations
  • Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations



Afternoon Sessions

1.45pm-2.45pm  | Breakout Session 3A | Emerging Threats: Challenges to Security and Defense Policy Cooperation 

Carlucci Auditorium

Moderator: James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

  • Arnaud Danjean MEP, Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defense, European Parliament
  • Dr. Daniel Chiu, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy

1.45pm-2.45pm  | Breakout Session 3B | The Horn of Africa: a Comprehensive Approach

Conference Room B241

Moderator: Leo Michel, National Defense University

  • Rear Admiral Bruce Williams, Deputy Director-General, European Union Military Staff, European External Action Service
  • Brigadier General Gerald Aherne, Mission Commander, European Union Training Mission Somalia
  • Major General Chris Leins, Deputy Director, Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5), Joint Chiefs of Staff

2.45pm-3.45pm | Plenary Session 4 | Mali and the Sahel: a Comprehensive Approach

Carlucci Auditorium

Moderator: Jennifer Cooke, Centre for Strategic Studies

  •  Walter Stevens, Director, Crisis Management and Planning Department, European External Action Service
  • Brigadier General Francois Lecointre, Mission Commander, European Union Training Mission Mali
  • Alice Friend, Principal Director for African Affairs, Department of Defense

3.45pm-4.15pm | Coffee Break

4.15pm-5.15pm   |  Plenary Session 5 |Building Partnerships in the Military Domain

Carlucci Auditorium

Moderator: Michèle Flournoy, Centre for a New American Security

  • General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee
  • Major General Maryanne Miller, Deputy Director for Partnership Strategy, Joint Chiefs of Staff

 The EU Rendez-Vous series features senior European and American leaders discussing the 21st century’s most significant issues, from foreign policy and the global economy to energy security, human rights, and culture.

Through candid and vibrant debates about the critical issues facing the transatlantic relationship today, EU Rendez-Vous events strengthen the enduring relationship between the United States, the European Union, and the EU’s Member States.