This event gathers top transatlantic thinkers and policymakers at the Council’s headquarters to strategize how to advance a strong, stable, and competitive Europe allied to a purposefully and globally engaged United States.
Stronger With Allies: The Future of Europe After Brexit


Welcome Remarks

Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council @FredKempe

H.E. Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia @MiroslavLajcak

Views from Europe: A Briefing by Pew Research Center

Mr. Bruce Stokes, Director, Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center @bruceestokes

Introduced by: Mr. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Programs and Strategy, Atlantic Council @DamonMacWilson

Panel 1: Populist Revolt: Identity, Migration, and the Rise of Anti-Establishment

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Ms. Ashlee Godwin, Committee Specialist, Foreign Affairs Committee and the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy Committee, UK House of Commons @ashleegodwin

Mr. Benjamin Haddad, Research Fellow, Hudson Institute @benjaminhaddad

H.E. Rastislav Káčer, Ambassador of Slovakia to Hungary

Moderated by: Ms. Laure Mandeville, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Future Europe Initiative, Atlantic Council @lauremandeville

Panel 2: Prosperity and Growth in Europe: Deliverables for the Next Twelve Months

Opening Remarks: 

H.E. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, European Commission @pierremoscovici

Introduced by: Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling, LLP; Former US Ambassador to the European Union

Q&A Moderated by: Mr. Andrea Montanino, Director, Global Business and Economics Program, Atlantic Council @MontaninoUSA

Panel Discussion: 

Mr. Carlos Costa, Governor, Central Bank of Portugal; Former Vice President, European Investment Bank

Mr. Bart Oosterveld, Managing Director, Moody’s Investor Service

Dr. Paul Sheard, Chief Economist, Standard & Poors Global

Moderated by: Ms. Marie Kasperek, Assistant Director, Global Business and Economics Program, Atlantic Council

Panel 3: Will the European Union Hold? The Future of the European Project Post-Brexit Vote

H.E. Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia @MiroslavLajcak

Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Former Secretary General of NATO and Former Danish Prime Minister @AndersFoghR

Minister Ana Palacio, Honorary Board Member, Spanish Council of State; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain @anapalacio

Ambassador Peter Westmacott, Distinguished Ambassadorial Fellow, Future Europe Initiative, Atlantic Council; Former British Ambassador to the United States @PeterWestmacott

Moderated by: Ms. Teri Schultz, Freelance Reporter, National Public Radio and CBS Radio  @terischultz

As British and EU policymakers map out the UK’s exit from the European Union, Europe is already confronted with a triple threat: Russia’s aggressive posture to the East, Mideast wars and instability producing waves of migrants and extremism from the South, and centrifugal, nationalist forces tearing at the continent’s internal fabric. The UK referendum, horrific terrorist attacks, and a continually sluggish economy put the future of Europe in question.     

Against this backdrop of uncertainty, this conference is organized in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic to flesh out a strategy for Europe and transatlantic cooperation following the Bratislava EU Summit in September.