April 14, 2017
On Friday, April 14th, 2017, over 50 students representing our think tank’s geographically diverse chapters convened at the Atlantic Council’s Washington, D.C. headquarters for the annual European Horizons Spring Security Forum.
The Second Forum brought together rising trans-Atlantic leaders and thinkers to engage in discussion around the 2017 conference theme: “The Leadership Chasm: Intergenerational Strategies to Revitalize Transatlantic Security Cooperation.”
The main topics that were covered at the Forum included The Values Underlying CDSP; Brexit, President Trump, and the Rise of Counter-Globalization; CDSP, NATO, and Humanitarian Intervention; and Lessons for Europe from Modern Counterinsurgency.
Participants were also asked to develop and present European responses to various security challenges, and had the opportunity to discuss their findings with one another and with seasoned policymakers and experts.
Download the 2017 Spring Forum Prospectus to learn more about this year’s programming, and check out the 2016 Spring Forum Report for more information about the Forum’s inaugural session.
Below, read what Atlantic Council President Frederick Kempe and General David Petraeus told students in their keynote speeches at the 2017 event:
“All of you here today are absolutely critical to the EU transatlantic relationship…European Horizons plays a crucial role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow to tackle Europe’s challenges. As the only transatlantic student-run think tank in the world, European Horizons has built a uniquely valuable network of students, professors, and decision-makers across the world…Seeing so many representatives of various constituencies gathered here today, I know the future is in good hands.”
– Frederick Kempe, President and CEO at the Atlantic Council
“I am an enormous proponent of the transatlantic partnership, but the truth is that European forces have declined quite considerably…and in America you have the rise of “America First” and the sense that we should be doing nation-building at home rather than solving all the world’s problems…Those are the issues that we face, and it is incumbent on folks like you to remind Americans and citizens of Europe that essential good comes only from all working together.”
– General David Petraeus, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
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