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

June 6, 2017

8:30 am – 4:15 pm

at the U.S. Institute of Peace

2301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC


The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Center for Strategic and Security Studies (CSIS) invite you to the 6th edition of the annual symposium on EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).

On the anniversary of the D-Day and 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.

Keynote address by:

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




8:30-8:40          Welcoming remarks by Ambassador David O’Sullivan, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States

8:40-9:30          Keynote Address: A Conversation on Transatlantic Relations and Security Cooperation in an Age of Hybrid Threats

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?

  • Moderator: Mr. Juan Zarate, Senior Advisor, CSIS
  • The Honorable John Carlin, Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice
  • Manuel Navarrete, Head, Europol European Counterterrorism Centre (ECTC)
  • The Honorable Jamal El-Hindi, Acting Director, FinCEN
  • Hillary Batjer Johnson, Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security, Screening, and Designations, U.S. 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

Followed by a conversation with:

  • H.E. Raimundas Karoblis, Minister of National Defense, Republic of Lithuania
  • Moderated by: Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program

11:45-12:15      Break, lunch served

12:15-1:15        Panel 2:  Threat Perception and Future of Security and Defense

Audience polling with Jacob Poushter, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

30 min: Audience polling on threat perceptions, approx. 5 questions, discuss with panelists after each question to compare with their view of current threats.

30 min: Audience polling on future threats, then compare audience responses with what panelists view the impact of technology in the coming 5-10 years on security threats and the future of defense and security.

Followed by an interactive discussion with:

  • Moderator: Margaret Brennan, White House and Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News
  • Mr. Jacob Poushter, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center
  • Dr. Heather Roff, Research Scientist, Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University
  • Edward Luce, Washington Columnist and Commentator, Financial Times

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?

  • Moderator: Mr. Jim Sciutto, National Security Correspondent, CNN
  • The Honorable Joe Wilson (R-SC), Co-Chair, Congressional EU Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Mr. Gabor Iklody, Director, Crisis Management Planning
  • Mr. John Heffern, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

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?

  • Moderator: Admiral Mark E. Ferguson III (Ret.), Senior Advisor, Europe Program and International Security Program, CSIS
  • Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Lt. Gen. Esa Pulkkinen, Director General, EU Military Staff

4:00-4:15      Closing remarks – end of symposium