The Atlantic Council is pleased to invite you to a public conversation on the EU Strategic Compass and transatlantic defense cooperation, featuring Amb. Charles Fries, deputy secretary-general for Common Security and Defense Policy and Crisis Response, and Molly Montgomery, deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of State. This virtual conversation will take place on Monday, April 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET/4:30 to 5:30 p.m. CET via Zoom.

Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine is upending the European security order and leading to a re-evaluation within the European Union as to its role as a security provider. The EU Strategic Compass, which was formally endorsed by the twenty-seven Heads of State and Government at the end of March, reaffirms the strategic importance of the EU-US partnership and calls for further deepening cooperation in security and defense in a mutually beneficial way. To discuss the EU Strategic Compass and how the EU and the United States can cooperate effectively to enhance security in Europe, the Atlantic Council is excited to welcome Amb. Charles Fries, and Molly Montgomery for this virtual conversation.

This conversation will take place on Zoom and will be broadcast on YouTubeTwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn. To receive the event information, please register below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to watch the event.


Amb. Charles Fries
Deputy Secretary-General for Common Security and Defense Policy and Crisis Response
European External Action Service

Molly Montgomery
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European & Eurasian Affairs
US Department of State

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