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Event description

In its Third Quarter Recommendations to the United States Congress, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) proposed a Strategic Dialogue for Emerging Technologies (SDET) between the United States and the European Union. It encourages US policymakers to develop concrete actions to expand collaborative efforts and align transatlantic partners. In its final March 2021 report, NSCAI will build on these proposals to identify specific dialogue areas, which may include joint R&D efforts and the development of privacy-enhancing AI applications; data sharing to facilitate cross-border projects; alignment of regulatory frameworks; coordinated investments in emerging technologies; facilitation of talent exchanges; and countering disinformation as well as intellectual property theft.

The Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and Future Europe Initiative will convene a public high-level discussion with the Chair and Vice Chair of the NSCAI, Dr. Eric Schmidt and Secretary Robert O. Work; the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Ambassador Mircea Geoană, and the Head of Cabinet of European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, Ambassador Kim Jørgensen.

Following an introduction by Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, the panel– moderated by Dr. David Bray and Dr. Fran Burwell–will discuss why the United States and the European Union should cooperate on AI, how best to promote shared values in the field, and what modern technologies mean in the defense and security context for European and American stakeholders.


Ambassador Mircea Geoană
Deputy Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Ambassador Kim Jørgensen
Head of Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, European Commission

Dr. Eric Schmidt
Chair, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence;
Co-founder, Schmidt Futures

Secretary Robert O. Work
Vice Chair, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence;
Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security, Center for New American Security

Opening remarks from

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council;
Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs;
Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In conversation with

Dr. David Bray
Director, GeoTech Center, Atlantic Council

Dr. Frances G. Burwell
Distinguished Fellow, Future Europe Initiative, Atlantic Council;
Senior Director, McLarty Associates