By Dr. Karen Sliter, Regional Manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services’ International Services, and U.S. Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium One needs look no further than the plague columns scattered throughout European city squares to realize the impact infectious disease has had on the trajectory of human history. Prior to the discovery of the … Continue reading From plague columns to Global Health Security
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On September 12-13, 2016, the United States Mission to the European Union (USEU) sponsored and helped organize the “Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion” conference in Brussels, along with the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), the Council of Europe, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Canadian Mission to the European Union. In a number of speeches, panels, and workshops, the conference participants discussed the important next step in resolving the refugee crisis that Europe is trying to manage: integrating them into our societies.
Members of the U.S. government played important roles during the conference. Chargé d’Affaires Adam Shub delivered a welcome address and two members of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migrants (PRM) presented case studies during the workshops. PRM’s Domestic Resettlement Section Chief Barbara Day’s workshop was titled “From Solidarity to Political Change,” and PRM’s Refugee Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Sam Healy, took part in a workshop titled “Housing Crisis vs. Refugee Crisis.”
Nicole Peterson, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at NSF, and Jessica Arriens, NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
Scientific cooperation is stronger today than ever before. With increasing access to STEM education (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics) and scientific facilities, opportunities for collaborative research are growing. Working together ensures we leverage both scientific resources and funding to improve science and relationships among people around the world. The National Science Foudation (NSF) Europe and Eurasia Office in Brussels that recently moved from Paris where it had been located since the 1980s is a hub for creating relationships with funders, scientists, and policymakers that can lead to better scientific collaborations, global research programs, and greater awareness of scientific results. With more than 55 percent of U.S. international research involving Europe or Eurasian countries, the Office plays an important role in maintaining our transatlantic connections.
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From the 24th to the 28th of June 2016, the “EUnited against Extremism” team from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium competed in Washington DC in the Peer 2 Peer Global Competition to challenge extremism, sponsored by the United States State Department and Facebook. In this competition, University students from around the world develop and execute campaigns and social media strategies against extremism that are credible, authentic, and believable to their peers and resonate within their communities. Of the 45 participating teams, the six finalists were invited to present their work at the State Department in Washington DC. Continue reading “College of Europe Team Presents Social Media Project on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department”
By Tobias Van Assche, Information Specialist, U.S. Mission to the European Union.
Diplomacy does not have to be boring! Through the United States Mission to the European Union’s (USEU) Public Diplomacy Section, people interested in EU policy making can learn about topics that the United States (U.S.) cares deeply about in an interesting and entertaining fashion: by attending movie screenings, networking events, panel discussions, and even receiving scholarships or getting sent on an educational visit to the United States.
Since the United States was founded in 1776, it has always had a very close relationship with Europe, which has only grown stronger with the establishment of the European Union (EU) after World War II. In Brussels, USEU is tasked with helping to preserve and strengthen the ties between the two strong political and economic blocks and advancing U.S. policy priorities. This interaction does not only happen between senior diplomats behind closed doors; USEU also directly engages with scholars, researchers, activists, journalists, citizens, and public servants who are active or interested in EU policy making in Brussels—often referred to as the “Brussels Bubble”—through its Public Diplomacy (PD) section. Continue reading “Organizing movie screenings, debates, panels, and trips: the USEU PD’s Programs and Exchanges Unit”