From an increasingly assertive Russia and uncertainty over Brexit, to the political turmoil resulting from Italy’s most recent election and maintenance of the transatlantic partnership, Europe and the EU face a range of internal and external challenges. Baroness Catherine Ashton, Chair of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, shares her thoughts on sorting through the headlines while keeping an eye on trend lines in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


The Right Honourable Catherine Ashton, Baroness of Upholland is chair of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program.  She is the former Vice President of the European Commission and former High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Baroness Ashton is a Life Peer in the UK House of Lords. She has received numerous awards for her diplomatic work including the highest diplomat honors from the King of Jordan and most recently from Germany. Together with the PMs of Serbia and Kosovo she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by both sides of the US Congress. On leaving office she was awarded the Grand Cross of St Michael and St George [GCMG] by HM The Queen. In February 2017, she received the Presidential Medal from Kosovo. She is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation. She has just been appointed the first woman Chancellor Warwick University in the UK.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.