Taking Stock of the Transatlantic Relationship: Female Leaders Reflect on 2017

January 31, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Taking Stock of the Transatlantic Relationship: Female Thought Leaders Reflect on 2017

A conversation with:
Amb. Kristen Silverberg
Managing Director
Institute of International Finance;
Former US Ambassador to the European Union
Ms. Julianne Smith
Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program
Center for a New American Security
Ms. Christine Wormuth
Director, Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience
Atlantic Council;
Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
US Department of Defense

Moderated by:
Ms. Sally Painter
Chief Operating Officer
Blue Star Strategies;
Senior Advisor, Future Europe Initiative
Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council and the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 for a conversation with female thought leaders about the current state of the transatlantic relationship. In today’s turbulent political and security environment, the transatlantic alliance is at a critical crossroads. Pressing foreign policy and security challenges – from terrorism and Russian aggression to rising nationalism and waning confidence in institutions – have raised new questions about the future of the transatlantic alliance. With the recent wave of consequential elections across Europe and a relatively new US administration in Washington, transatlantic leadership is also critically evolving. As these policies and agendas take shape, this panel discussion will convene leading female voices from across the transatlantic policy community to reflect back on the past year, and discuss the future of NATO and US engagement in Europe, how the transatlantic partnership must adapt to today’s strategic environment, and the importance of female leadership in foreign policy and international security.
This expert discussion featuring female leaders in transatlantic foreign and security policy is the inaugural event of the Atlantic Council’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, which among other issues focuses on female leadership, gender diversity, and advancing the rights of LGBTI persons. A networking reception will follow the event. 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.


Kristen Silverberg is a managing director at the Institute of International Finance. She served in the George W. Bush Administration as US ambassador to the European Union from 2008 to 2009 and as assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs from 2005 to 2008.  Prior to her time at the State Department, she held a number of senior positions at the White House, including deputy assistant to the president and advisor to the chief of staff.  She served in 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq for which she received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.  Ambassador Silverberg formerly practiced law at Williams and Connolly, LLP in Washington, DC and served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge David Sentelle of the US Court of Appeals.  She attended Harvard College and the University of Texas School of Law, where she graduated with High Honors.  Ambassador Silverberg serves on the Board of Directors of Vorbeck Materials, the Advisory Board of Beacon Global Strategies, and was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
Julianne ("Julie") Smith is senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.”
From 2012-2013, she served as the deputy national security advisor to the vice president of the United States. In addition to advising the vice president on a wide range of foreign and defense policy issues, she represented him in Cabinet and Deputies level interagency meetings. During March and April of 2013, she served as the acting national security advisor to the vice president.
Before her post at the White House, she served for three years as the principal director for European and NATO policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In that capacity, Ms. Smith acted as the principal advisor to the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs for all matters falling within the broad spectrum of NATO and European policy. Her office managed the Department’s bilateral relationships with 31 European countries. In January 2012, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Ms. Smith directed the CSIS Europe Program and the Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership, where she led the Center’s research and program activities on US-European political, security, and economic relations. She authored or contributed to a number of CSIS books and reports, including Alliance Reborn: An Atlantic Compact for the 21st Century (2009), Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change (2008), Transforming NATO (…again) (2006), and America and the World in the Age of Terror (2005). She co-directed the Transatlantic Dialogue on Terrorism, which examined US-European disagreements over the root causes of terrorism.
Earlier, Ms. Smith served as deputy director and senior fellow in the CSIS International Security Program, where she oversaw the management of more than 30 security-related projects and focused on a range of European security issues, including European defense integration, transatlantic cooperation on climate change, and EU-US counterterrorism cooperation.
Ms. Smith has also worked at the German Marshall Fund, the Association of the US Army on the Project on the Role of American Military Power, and the British American Security Information Council. In 1996/97, she worked in Germany at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow.
Ms. Smith is a recipient of the American Academy in Berlin Public Policy Fellowship and the Fredin Memorial Scholarship for study at the Sorbonne in Paris. She received her B.A. from Xavier University and her M.A. from American University. She spent a year learning German at the University of Munich. Ms. Smith serves on the Advisory Council of the Alliance for Security Democracy; the Board of Advisors of the Truman National Security Project; and the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. She is an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies. She is currently an Associate Fellow with Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, in London, and a Senior Associate with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Christine Wormuth is director of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience, which was established at the Atlantic Council in 2017 to advance approaches that promote the abilities of nations, cities, communities, and individuals to respond and adapt effectively to disruptions emerging from today’s unpredictable global environment. 
Ms. Wormuth is a frequent writer and speaker on foreign policy, national security, and homeland security issues. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, she was under secretary of defense for policy (USDP) at the US Department of Defense (DoD) from 2014 to 2016. In that role, she advised both Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary Ash Carter on the full range of regional and functional national security issues. As USDP she frequently represented DoD at the White House and spent considerable time on the counter-ISIS campaign, the rebalance to Asia, counterterrorism operations, and US defense relations with countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. 
From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Wormuth was deputy under secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and forces, and led the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. She served as special assistant to the president and senior director for defense at the National Security Council (NSC) from December 2010 until August 2012, where she was the primary liaison from NSC to the Pentagon on defense issues. She started in the Obama Administration as principal deputy assistant secretary for homeland defense. Before joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Wormuth spent five years at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a senior fellow, writing and speaking extensively on defense and homeland security issues. 
Ms. Wormuth began her career in the Pentagon as a presidential management intern and spent almost seven years as a civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She has also worked on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland College Park and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

Sally A. Painter is co-founder and chief operating officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC. She provides corporate, institutional, and public sector clients with external affairs, foreign and security policy guidance, and global business development strategies. Ms. Painter also serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council and as a senior advisor to its Future Europe Initiative.
From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Painter was a senior advisor in the Clinton Administration where she managed the Office of Business Liaison’s outreach and advocacy program for the late Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown, providing strategic advice and advocacy for US companies bidding on overseas contracts.
Ms. Painter's work focuses on supporting the democratic, economic development, and rule of law aspirations of countries around the world, particularly those undergoing transition. She is a key leader and trusted advisor in the European space, representing global businesses and governments on their most important investment and foreign policy issues, including NATO, EU, and OECD accession and the historic legislation passed by the US Congress allowing their citizens to enter the US visa-free.
Previously, Ms. Painter served as director of international at Tenneco Inc., a Fortune 500 company and was instrumental in the creation and management of the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue and the French American Business Council.
Ms. Painter serves on the boards of the US Committee on NATO, Truman National Security Project, Global Fairness Initiative, Muslim Jewish Conference, Partners for Democratic Change, National Center for Sustainable Development, and 4D PAC.
She is the recipient of the Golden Laurel Branch Award from the Republic of Bulgaria, Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Hungary, and the Minister of Defence Award for Distinction from the Republic of Latvia. She is also a producer of the Broadway theater production ANN, a dramatization of the life of former Texas Governor Ann Richards.
A certified downhill ski instructor, Ms. Painter is married with one son, George, a design stylist.