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Blueprints of Hope


25 April 2018
14:30 - 18:00
Paushuize, Kromme Nieuwegracht 49, Utrecht.

Seminar: Europe and the United States: From Marshall Aid to Donald Trump

Please register here to participate.

More than ever, Europe and the United States seem to drift apart. This is a painful observation as we celebrate 70th anniversary since the beginning of Marshall Aid in Europe this year. The transatlantic partnership, a driving force behind European integration for seventy years now, has come under pressure from both sides of the Atlantic.

On April 25th, the IOS Platform on EU Policy and Politics and the History of International Relations group organise a seminar with prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith and dr. Karen Donfried. During the seminar we will reflect upon the history of the transatlantic partnership, as well as the present and future challenges that it faces. How was the bond between Europe and the Unites States created through the Marshall Plan, and how has that altered the existing world order? What were the ideas and values on which the transatlantic partnership was once built? To what extent and why have these fundamental principles that have so long underpinned US-European relations changed? By examining the ideas and values that once inspired and fostered the bond between the US and Europe through the Marshall Plan, valuable lessons with respect to the present and the future of the transatlantic partnership can be learnt.


14:30 – 15:00 Welcome with coffee/tea
15.00 – 15:10 Opening by Beatrice de Graaf, Professor for the History of International Relations and Global Governance
15.10 – 15:40 Giles Scott-Smith, Professor of the Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations at Leiden University
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15.40 – 16:10 Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington, DC.
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16.10 – 17:00 Q&A and discussion
17:00 – 18.00 Drinks

If you would like to attend, please register here, before 20 April 2018.

About the speakers:   

Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith holds the Ernst van der Beugel Chair ‘Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WW II’ at Leiden University. His research interests involve an exploration of the ‘Transnational Transatlantic’ – tracking and explaining the governmental and non-governmental linkages that have bound North America and Europe since WW II.

Dr. Karen Donfried is President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening transatlantic cooperation through policy analysis, fellowships for next generation leaders, and support for civil society. Before assuming her current role in April 2014, Donfried was Special Assistant to President Obama and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House, where she was the president’s principal advisor on Europe.


This seminar is funded with a Special Grant from the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.