Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT
Add to Calendar 


United States Institute of Peace 
2301 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

Driving Directions 


EU Delegation to the US 
European Union Delegation to the US 

EU Security & Defense Washington Symposium 2018



Presented by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 

June 13, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

8:00                        Breakfast

8:20-8:22           Welcoming remarks by H.E. David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

8:22-8:30   Opening Remarks by Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary General for CSDP, European External Action Service

8:30-9:30              Panel 1: EU and U.S. Defense Strategies: Shared or Conflicting Objectives?

Bound by shared commitment to democracy, liberty, and rule of law, Europe and the United States share common global security challenges. In the age of growing conventional and asymmetric challenges, what are the areas in which the United States and the European Union can strengthen policy coordination and enforcement? How do the U.S. National Security Strategy and EU Global Strategy position the United States and Europe to combat growing subversive challenges and strengthen transatlantic unity and solidarity?

  • Thomas (Todd) H. Harvey III, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, U.S. Department of Defense 
  • Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary General for CSDP, European External Action Service
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Rathke, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, CSIS 

9:30-10:00            Morning Keynote: Transatlantic Relations: The View from the U.S. Senate

  • Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), United States Senate
  • Moderator: Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program, CSIS 

10:00-10:30         Secondary Keynote: Renewed Ambition for EU Defense and What to Expect from the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)

Due to a changing security environment on Europe’s periphery, EU member states have agreed to enhance cooperation in security and defense. The Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defense (PESCO) aims to increase the effectiveness of individual member states in addressing regional security challenges. How will PESCO further integrate EU member state defensive capabilities? How will the European Union strengthen cooperation with other multilateral organizations to combat security challenges?

  • H.E. JosÚ Alberto de Azeredo Lopes, Minister of National Defense, Portuguese Republic
  • Moderator: Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program, CSIS 

10:30-10:45         Coffee Break

10:45-11:45         Panel 2: Framework for Stronger NATO-EU Cooperation

NATO and the European Union are not only essential partners who share common strategic goals and values, but share twenty-two member nations. Both institutions have pledged to strengthen cooperation to bolster resilience to hybrid threats, disinformation campaigns, and cyber-attacks; ensure coherence on conventional defense planning and coordination of exercises; and cooperate on operations in the Western Balkans, Afghanistan, and the maritime domain. How can NATO and the EU strengthen their cooperation on issues of mutual interest?

  • Thomas Goffus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive Officer, European Defense Agency 
  • Jonatan Vseviov, Permanent Secretary, Estonian Ministry of Defense (Invited)
  • Moderator: Teri Schultz, Freelance Reporter, NPR and Deutsche Welle 

11:45-11:50         Video on EU Operation in the Sahel     

11:50-12:50         Panel 3: Security in North Africa and the Sahel

The EU maintains a comprehensive approach to security and development in the Sahel, including CSDP missions in Niger and Mali as well as a training mission in Mali. As a result of the rise in political and military instability, the EU’s CSDP has prioritized economic development, military operations, and training missions to strengthen the capacities of local actors. How does the EU’s CSDP cooperate with member state and U.S. military missions in the Sahel? CT

  • Major General Christopher E. Craige, Director, Strategy, Engagement, and Programs, U.S. Africa Command 
  • Ambassador Pedro MorenÚs, Ambassador of Spain in the United States; former Minister of Defense of Spain 
  • Gabor Iklody, Director, Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, European External Action Service
  • Alice Hunt Friend, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS 
  • Moderator: Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Senior Advisor to the President, United States Institute of Peace

12:50-1:15            Break for lunch

1:15-2:15              Lunch Session: U.S., EU, and NATO Reaction to Russian Hybrid Activity

  • Frank Cilluffo, Associate Vice President and Director of the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security
  • H.E. George Cristian Maior, Ambassador of Romania to the United States
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Rathke, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Europe Program, CSIS 

2:15                        End of symposium

Opening remarks by Pedro Serrano, Pedro Serrano, Deputy Secretary General for CSDP, European External Action Service