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Dalibor Rohac, “Europe’s Pressure Points

Event Summary

Wednesday at AEI, a group of experts gathered to celebrate the release of “Europe’s Pressure Points,” edited by AEI’s Dalibor Rohac.

Introducing the project, Dr. Rohac and Harvard University’s Radosław Sikorski discussed how no country is immune from the issues discussed in “Europe’s Pressure Points.” Dr. Rohac explained that he started this project to bring together political, economic, and foreign policy answers for Europe’s many ailments. These include the migrant crisis, the 2008 financial crisis, malignant Russian interference, structural issues with European federal governance, and lingering problems with the single market.

AEI’s Desmond Lachman warned that Europe’s recovery was breeding complacency in addressing more fundamental structural flaws. The Hudson Institute’s Hannah Thoburn added that European problems present opportunities for countries such as Russia and China to exploit disunity. Federico Reho from the Wilifried Martens Centre for European Studies argued that only a true federalist structure, one that would repatriate some power to the states, would provide the necessary political framework for tackling Europe’s challenges.

All agreed that while many in Europe and the US see the need for reform, the opportunity and leadership for such change is lacking, as previous crises have not prompted the deep reform Europe needs.
-Wesley Fox

Event Description

Peace, democracy, and prosperity in Europe are under threat from an aggressive Russia, political extremism on both the right and left, the impact of one-size-fits-all monetary policy, and the European economy’s long-standing structural problems. Can Americans afford to view these as simply European concerns? Or does the protracted malaise of our closest allies risk another full-blown economic crisis with global consequences?

At the release of the new AEI collection “Europe’s Pressure Points,” Dalibor Rohac will be joined by Radosław Sikorski, followed by a panel of leading experts, to discuss the continent’s main challenges, their potential impact on US security and economic interests, and a possible way forward.

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8:45 AM

9:00 AM
Radosław Sikorski, Harvard University
Dalibor Rohac, AEI; editor of “Europe’s Pressure Points”

9:10 AM

9:30 AM
Panel discussion

Desmond Lachman, AEI
Federico Reho, Wilifried Martens Centre for European Studies
Dalibor Rohac, AEI; editor of “Europe’s Pressure Points”
Hannah Thoburn, Hudson Institute

Kirsten D. Madison, AEI

10:15 AM

10:30 AM

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Wesley Fox at [email protected], 202.419.5221.

Media Contact Information

For media inquiries, please contact [email protected], 202.862.5829

Speaker Biographies

Desmond Lachman joined AEI after serving as a managing director and chief emerging market economic strategist at Salomon Smith Barney. He previously served as deputy director in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Policy Development and Review Department and was active in staff formulation of IMF policies. Mr. Lachman has written extensively on the global economic crisis, the US housing market bust, the US dollar, and the strains in the euro area. At AEI, Mr. Lachman focuses on the global macroeconomy, global currency issues, and the multilateral lending agencies.

Kirsten D. Madison is a resident fellow and the deputy director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at AEI, where she coordinates the work of AEI’s foreign and defense teams. Ms. Madison has served in senior leadership posts at the White House, US Department of State, US Department of Homeland Security, and US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Congress. She worked on Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council and the State Department. She has an M.Sc. in economics and European studies from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in international relations from Goucher College.

Federico Reho is a research officer at Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, where he is responsible for all research on political parties and EU institutions. He previously worked in the EU institutions and Fora Division of the European Central Bank. He has studied European political economy in four European countries, including at the London School of Economics and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at AEI, where he studies European political and economic trends. Specifically, he is working on Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union (EU) and the eurozone, US-EU relations, and the post-Communist transitions and backsliding of countries in the former Soviet bloc. He is concurrently a visiting junior fellow at the Max Beloff Centre for the Study of Liberty at the University of Buckingham in the UK and a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. Before joining AEI, Dr. Rohac was affiliated with the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, the London-based Legatum Institute, and the Center for the New Europe in Brussels. He has also worked in the office of the president of the Czech Republic in Prague. Dr. Rohac’s analyses and commentary have been published widely in the media, including in the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal Europe. His scholarly articles have been featured in professional journals, among them Constitutional Political Economy, Economic Affairs, and the European Journal for the History of Economic Thought. He has a Ph.D. in political economy from King’s College London; an M.Phil. in economics from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford; an M.A. in economics from George Mason University; and a B.A. in economics from Charles University in Prague.

Radosław Sikorski graduated from the University of Oxford with a B.A. and an M.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics. He headed the students’ strike committee during the unrest in Bydgoszcz in March 1981 and was granted political asylum in Great Britain in 1982–89. He was a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Angola in 1986–89. In 1987, Mr. Sikorski won the World Press Photo award for a photograph taken in Afghanistan. As deputy minister of national defense in 1992, Mr. Sikorski initiated Poland’s NATO accession campaign. In 1998–2001 he served as deputy minister of foreign affairs of Poland and honorary chairman of the Foundation for Assistance to Poles in the East. From 2002 to 2005, he was resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative. He was editor of the analytical publication European Outlook and organized international conferences on topics such as UN reform and the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity movement. He appeared before the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs as an expert on Atlantic issues. Mr. Sikorski was elected senator for Bydgoszcz in 2005. He served as minister of national defense of Poland from 2005 to 2007, minister of foreign affairs from 2007 to 2014, and marshal of the Sejm (speaker of Poland’s Parliament) from September 2014 to June 2015. Mr. Sikorski is the author of several books, including “The Polish House: An Intimate History of Poland” (Winsor and Newton, 1997) and “Dust of the Saints” (Paragon House, 1990). In 2012 he was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine “for telling the truth, even when it’s not diplomatic.”

Hannah Thoburn is a research fellow at the Hudson Institute, where she focuses on Russia, Ukraine, Eastern European politics, and the transatlantic relationship. She writes the “Eurasia Uncovered” blog at World Affairs Journal and is a member of the advisory council at the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative. Before joining Hudson, she worked at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe, the Foreign Policy Initiative, and Yale University, and she spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Ukraine. Ms. Thoburn holds an M.A. in international relations and a certificate in international security studies from Yale University, where she was a Paul D. Coverdale Fellow, and a B.A. in international affairs from Florida State University.

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