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Blog Series on U.S.-EU Cooperation part 4: U.S.-EU Security and Defense Cooperation

This is the fourth entry in a weekly blog series that will highlight some good examples of U.S.-EU cooperation. This week: U.S.-EU Cooperation in Security and Defense

Prior posts on U.S. – EU Cooperation:

Part 1 – The Fulbright-Schuman Grant Program

Part 2: Fighting Child Sexual Abuse

Part 3: the Joint U.S.-EU Financial Regulatory Forum

The United States and the European Union have successfully enhanced our practical EU-U.S. security and crisis response management cooperation, especially U.S. cooperation with the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy operations, the EU’s mechanism for deploying crisis management missions around the world. U.S. and EU personnel and forces continue to work hand-in-hand to address crises in international security, particularly in Africa.

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USEU Co-Hosts a Screening of the Academy Award Nominated Documentary “Winter on Fire”

By Tobias Van Assche, Information Specialist at the U.S. Mission to the EU

On Tuesday, May 24, The United States Mission to the European Union (USEU), together with the Ukrainian Permanent Representation to the European Union, and the European Parliament, hosted a screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2015)” about the large-scale Euromaidan protests against then-President Yanukovych in Kiev during the winter of 2013-2014. Some 200 senior diplomats, European politicians, members of the policy community, and press attended the event held in the regal Bozar theater in the center of Brussels, where two years earlier, President Obama delivered his first major foreign policy address following Russia’s occupation of Crimea (see transcript). After welcome remarks by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Andrej Plenkovic and Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister for European And Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Winter on Fire director Evgeny Afineevsky introduced his documentary with a moving speech on the strength and conviction of the protestors who stood up for their beliefs. After the screening–which received a standing ovation–Afineevsky responded to questions from the audience.

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Interview with U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel B. Baer: “We will continue to push for all the aspects of the Minsk agreement to be honored”

 

On April 18th 2016, the United States Ambassador to the Organization for Security and  Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel B. Baer, led a discussion with diplomats, journalists and civil society members at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels (GMF), in cooperation with the U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU), on the OSCE’s role in the Russia/Ukraine crisis.

The OSCE, founded in Helsinki in 1975, offers a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. Continue reading “Interview with U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel B. Baer: “We will continue to push for all the aspects of the Minsk agreement to be honored””

Interview: Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer weighs in on the European Security Order After Crimea

On Thursday, February 25th, 2016 The European Policy Center (EPC) hosted a prestigious panel discussion in Brussels titled: “EU-U.S. Security Forum – The European Security Order After Crimea.” The panel, moderated by EPC’s Senior Policy Analyst Paul Ivan, consisted of:

  • Robert Bell, Senior Civilian Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe; Defense Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO
  • Steven Pifer, Director, Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative, The Brookings Institution; former US Ambassador to Ukraine
  • Stefan Lehne, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe
  • Joëlle Jenny, Director for Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, European External Action Service (EEAS)
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Steven Pifer, FormerAmbassador to Ukraine (1998-2000)

The U.S. Mission to the EU’s press team had the opportunity to ask  Ambassador Steven Pifer some questions about the effects of the Russian invasion and illegal annexation of Crimea on the European Security order. Continue reading “Interview: Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer weighs in on the European Security Order After Crimea”

Fighting Corruption is About Control, Not Eradication

By Bridget Premont, Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the EU

Any good gardener will tell you that you’ll never be able to get rid of all your weeds and pests. But a steady effort to limit their effects can bring positive results.

State Department European Bureau’s Senior Anti-Corruption Coordinator George Kent and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Anti-Crime Division Director Robert Leventhal speak at EED event in Brussels. Photo: USEU
EED anti-corruption event in Brussels. Photo: USEU

Last week, the State Department European Bureau’s Senior Anti-Corruption Coordinator George Kent and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Anti-Crime Division Director Robert Leventhal came to Brussels for consultations with the European Commission. At a public event hosted by the U.S. Mission to the EU and the European Endowment for Democracy on March 25, they spoke alongside Valentina Rigamonti from Transparency International about how fighting corruption requires a long-term commitment. Continue reading “Fighting Corruption is About Control, Not Eradication”