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"European Security and Transatlantic Relations after the Pivot"

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1302

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:

"European Security and Transatlantic Relations after the Pivot"
 

with <b>Dr. Luis Simn</b>
Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute for European Studies
Visiting Scholar
Columbia University

and <b>Dr. Alexander Mattelaer</b>
Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute for European Studies

Moderated by <b>Professor Richard Betts</b>
Director, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
 

Wednesday, March 27th
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University
International Affairs Building
13th Floor, Room 1302
420 West 118th Street, New York City

 

Abstract:
 
The transatlantic relationship is facing new challenges. The US plans important defense budget cuts and is in the process of rebalancing its strategic attention towards Asia. At the same time, a wave of instability assoils the broader Middle East and NATO plans its departure from Afghanistan. Will Europeans assume a greater role in providing security in their own neighborhood as the US continues to pivot eastwards? Will Americas shift eastwards result in a more or less strategically united Europe? What role will NATO play in an environment defined by increasing instability in the broader European neighborhood and by a displacement of the fulcrum of global power towards the Asia-Pacific region? This seminar will address these questions. Dr. Luis Simn will discuss the impact of Americas eastwards geostrategic reorientation upon the geopolitics of Europe and its broader neighborhood and upon European grand strategy. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer will discuss the evolution of NATO and consider its changing role as a vehicle for multinational defense planning.
 
Bios:

<b>Dr. Luis Simn</b> is a Visiting Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (Columbia University) and postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for European Studies (Free University of Brussels). He holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of London and a Masters Degree in European Politics from the Institute d'tudes politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). His research interests include geopolitics, European security and transatlantic relations.

<b>Dr. Alexander Mattelaer</b> is Assistant Director of the Institute for European Studies at Free University of Brussels. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Brussels and a Masters Degree in European Politics from the University of Bath. His research interests include European security, military strategy and transatlantic relations.


This event is free and open to the public.