The Struggle for Europe
Madeleine Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Board Director, Atlantic Council;
Stephen Hadley, Chairman, Board of Directors, United States Institute of Peace;
Moderator: R. Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Keynote Conversation: Testing Europe's Unity
Frances Burwell, Vice President and Director, Transatlantic Relations, Atlantic Council
H.E. João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America
Moderator: Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
Speaker: José Manuel Durão Barroso, President, European Commission
Vice President Joseph Biden
Eastern European Defense Ministers on NATO and the Crisis With RussiaFour Eastern European defense ministers discussed the transatlantic community’s need to respond to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine today, joining NATO’s deputy secretary general, Alexander Vershbow, at a conference on Europe’s future sponsored by the Atlantic Council.
Barry Pavel, director of the council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, moderated the discussion, asking whether the West is focusing on tactics and just reacting to Russian actions, or whether it might strategically use the crisis as an opportunity to build European security in new ways. Pavel asked the panelists to address what NATO should do in Europe’s south and east, and how the West should respond to Ukraine’s needs.
Confrontation in Ukraine ‘Was Born in Putin’s Mind,’ Vice-President Says
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April 30, 2014
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will visit Poland in June for the 25th anniversary of the elections that marked that country’s exit from its era of communist rule under Soviet domination, Vice President Joe Biden said at the Atlantic Council today. Obama’s visit to Poland comes as the US administration seeks to bolster Eastern European allies amid the transatlantic community’s confrontation with Russia over its attacks on Ukraine. From Poland, Obama will visit Brussels to discuss the Russia-Ukraine crisis with other leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations, Biden said.
Democratic, Republican Foreign Policy Leaders on US Role in the Struggle for Europe’s EastA Democratic former secretary of state and a Republican former national security advisor agreed today that President Obama, Congress and the US media should focus on explaining to Americans why Russia’s attacks on Ukraine are a critical problem for a United States whose voters are inclined to withdraw from international affairs.
“I am very troubled” by today’s poll published by the Wall Street Journal, which confirms other surveys showing that “Americans want to worry about themselves … and basically don’t know what our role is” in helping Ukraine and Eastern Europe defend against Russia’s campaign to expand its borders and dominance in the region, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told an audience at the Atlantic Council. The Journal poll found 47 percent of Americans preferring a less active US role in world affairs.