Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “The Future of Liberalism in Europe: Taking Stock after the French Elections,” a panel discussion moderated by Antony J. Blinken on Thursday, May 11, 2017

“The Future of Liberalism in Europe: Taking Stock after the French Elections,” will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
The panel discussion will be moderated by Antony J. Blinken, the Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at the Foreign Policy Institute and Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
The event is part of the Dean’s Forum lecture series.
Catherine Fieschi
Executive Director and Founder, Counterpoint
Daniel Fried
Former Senior Diplomat, U.S. Department of State
Constanze Stelzenmüller
Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institute
James Traub
Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University
Antony J. Blinken
Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at the Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS and Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement
Time and Date
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting a Media ticket on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:30–4:30 p.m.
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About the Speakers
Catherine Fieschi is Executive Director of Counterpoint, a strategy and consulting firm based in the United Kingdom. Fieschi founded the company in 2011, with the first objective to draw attention to the social and cultural dynamics that underpin political risk, but seldom receive the attention it deserves. A political scientist, Fieschi believes rigorous social and cultural analysis can help leaders make better decisions, in both the public and private sectors. Prior to founding Counterpoint, she was director of research at The British Council, the UK’s international cultural relations organization. She led the organization’s work on the uses of “soft power” in international relations, developed its work on digital culture as an instrument of social and political change, and set up their program on Islam and Europe.
Fieschi advises business and political leaders around the world. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College in Singapore, and a Senior Fellow of the London School of Economics. She is also involved in the strategic evaluation of UK universities’ social science research output in her role as assessor and advisor to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) of the Higher Education Funding Council. She is the author of numerous journal articles, as well as essays on extremism, mobilization and identity politics. In 2008, Fieschi published In the Shadow of Democracy, an in-depth analysis of contemporary populism and its impact on institutions.  She is currently writing two monographs: one on 21st-century populism, and another on the trials and delights of being a European.
Daniel Fried retired in February 2017 after more than four decades in the Foreign Service. His most recent position was as the U.S. State Department’s Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, which he was appointed in 2013. Prior, Fried served as Special Envoy for Closure of the Guantanamo Detainee Facility starting in 2009, with the additional responsibility as the Secretary’s Special Advisor on Camp Ashraf (Iraq) starting in 2011.
He served from 2005 to 2009 as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council from 2001 to 2005. Fried was Principal Deputy Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States from 2000 to 2001. He was Ambassador to Poland from 1997 to 2000.
Constanze Stelzenmüller is the inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Stelzenmüller is an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy. Prior to working at Brookings, she was a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where she directed the influential Transatlantic Trends survey program. Her areas of expertise include: transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security, and defense policy; international law; and human rights.
Stelzenmüller is the former director of GMF’s Berlin office. From 1994 to 2005, she was an editor for the political section of the German weekly DIE ZEIT, where she also served as defense and international security editor and covered human rights issues and humanitarian crises. From 1988 to 1989, she was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School. She has also served as a GMF campus fellow at Grinnell College in Iowa, a Woodrow Wilson Center public policy scholar in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Remarque Forum, a conference series of the Remarque Institute at New York University.
James Traub is a Senior Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University. Traub is also a journalist and scholar specializing in international affairs. He is a columnist and contributor to Foreign Policy. He worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker from 1993 to 1998 and as a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine from 1998 to 2011.
He has also written extensively about national politics, urban affairs, and education. Among his recent books are The Freedom Agenda on the American policy of democracy promotion, and The Best Intentions on the UN under Kofi Annan. His most recent book, the widely acclaimed John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, is a biography of a figure who spanned the period from the Revolution to the dawn of the Civil War. Traub teaches classes on American foreign policy and terrorism at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus, as well as a class on the political essay at New York University’s main campus in New York City.
Antony J. Blinken is the Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.  He served as Deputy Secretary of State, the nation’s number two diplomat, from 2015 to 2017. Blinken also served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. During the first term of the Obama Administration, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden.
Blinken served for six years on Capitol Hill as Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2002 to 2008. He was a member of President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff at the White House from 1994 to 2001. Blinken was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs from 1999 to 2001, serving as President Clinton’s principal advisor for relations with the countries of Europe, the European Union, and NATO. From 1994 to 1998, he was Special Assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director for Speechwriting and then Strategic Planning. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Blinken practiced law in New York and Paris. He has been a reporter for The New Republic and has written about foreign policy for numerous publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and Foreign Affairs. Blinken is the author of Ally Versus Ally: America, Europe and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis (Praeger, 1987). He is currently a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a global affairs analyst for CNN. Blinken is a graduate of Harvard College Magna cum Laude and Columbia Law School.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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