2014 Ahtisaari Symposium: The Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security

May 05, 2014 // 9:30am2:30pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Kennan Institute

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 will focus on The Crisis of Euro-Atlantic Security and will include remarks by President Ahtisaari and a keynote delivered by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Distinguished Wilson Center Fellow.

This event is sponsored by the generous support of:

The Alfred Kordelin Foundation

The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation

The Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation

The Swedish Cultural Foundation


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Ambassador of Finland to the United States
  • Wolfgang Ischinger // Distinguished Scholar
    Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Germany; Former German Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2006 to May 2008 and to the United States from 2001 to 2006.
  • Jan H. Kalicki // Public Policy Fellow and Energy Lead
    Counselor for International Strategy, Chevron; Chairman, Eurasia Foundation
  • Professor, School of Political Science, University of Haifa, and Visiting Researcher, Center for Eurasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies, Georgetown University
  • Research Fellow, Ifri Center for Energy, Paris
  • Former President of Finland
  • Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy, Heritage Foundation
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Event Sessions: 

Intro: 9:30-9:45


Jane Harman
Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center

Ritva Koukku-Ronde
Ambassador of Finland to the United States

Keynote: 9:45-11:00

Wolfgang Ischinger
Chair, Munich Security Conference; Distinguished Scholar, Wilson Center










Panel Discussion: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Maïté de Boncourt
Research Fellow, Ifri Center for Energy, Paris

Ariel Cohen

Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies & International Energy Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Brenda Shaffer
Visiting Researcher, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University

with comments by

Wolfgang Ischinger

Jan Kalicki
Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center; Counselor for International Strategy at Chevron Corporation



Luncheon Speaker:

Luncheon: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. (6th floor dining room)

The Honorable Martti Ahtisaari
Former President of Finland

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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant

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