On May 5, 2014, the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program hosted its annual Ahtisaari Symposium. This year’s expert panel addressed “The New Geopolitics of European Security.” Participants included: Maïté de Boncourt, Research Fellow at the IFRI Center for Energy in Paris; Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation; Robin Dunnigan from the Bureau of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State; Brenda Shaffer, Visiting Researcher in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University; and Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Distinguished Scholar at the Wilson Center. Panelists discussed the transatlantic focus on energy security in the wake of the crisis with Ukraine and Russia including options for alternative sources of energy to decrease Europe’s dependence. The full transcript of the panel is available below.
The Ahtisaari Symposium series, established at the Wilson Center in 2010 in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, addresses vital issues concerning European and transatlantic security. This year’s session focused on “The Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security” and included remarks by President Ahtisaari and a keynote by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Distinguished Scholar at the Wilson Center, in addition to the expert panel on energy.