NATO: A Traditional Alliance in a Changing World. panelists include Frances Burwell, The Atlantic Council of the United States, Ahmet Kasim Han, Kadir Has University, Thomas J. Wright, The Brookings Institution. Chaired by Robert Chatterton Dickson, British Consulate Chicago."
Frances G. Burwell
Frances G. Burwell is an Atlantic Council Vice President and Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council. Her areas of expertise include US-EU relations and the development of the European Union's foreign and defense policies, and a range of transatlantic economic and political issues. She is the principal author or rapporteur of several Atlantic Council publications including "Transatlantic Leadership for a New Global Economy"; "Transatlantic Transformation: Building a New NATO-EU Security Architecture"; "Law and the Lone Superpower: Rebuilding a Transatlantic Consensus on International Law"; and "The Post-9/11 Partnership: Transatlantic Cooperation Against Terrorism." She is the coeditor (with Ivo H. Daalder) of The United States and Europe in the Global Arena. Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Burwell was Executive Director of the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, and also served as Founding Executive Director of Women in International Security.
Robert Chatterton Dickson
Robert Chatterton Dickson has been the British Consul General, Chicago, since July 2010. He is responsible for representing the United Kingdom and promoting political, trade, investment, economic, and cultural relations between the United States and the United Kingdom across thirteen states of the US-Midwest. Before becoming Consul General, Robert was Joint Head of the Counter Terrorism Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, leading a team of over 80 staff responsible for international counter terrorism policy and operations. From 2004 to 2007 he served as British Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia. His earlier diplomatic experience included working on Iraq, NATO, and UN peacekeeping in London; and postings to the British Embassies in Manila and Washington. Before joining the FCO he worked as an analyst and UK and international investment manager for Morgan Grenfell & Co., a merchant bank in the city of London.
Ahmet Kasim Han
Dr. Ahmet K. Han is with the faculty of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. His research interests are strategic thinking, negotiations, and foreign policy analysis. Dr. Han holds a B.A. in economics and international relations, an M.A. in political history, a Ph.D. in international relations from the Istanbul University, and has studied negotiations at Harvard. He was awarded a "Young Leaders of Europe" grant on US foreign policy by the US State Department, and has been an observer for NATO on the state of the NATO/ISAF Operation in Afghanistan twice in 2005 and 2011. He has published extensively on Afghanistan, geo-strategy of energy politics, US foreign policy, and Turkish foreign policy. Dr. Han has worked as a columnist in Turkish dailies Radikal and Referans. He is also the Chief Editorial Advisor of the Turkish edition of the New Perspectives Quarterly. Dr. Han has extensive experience as an advisor and consultant to the private sector in the field of strategic business development and negotiations. He has also served as the International Relations Advisor for Turkish Exporters Assembly, the umbrella organization of Turkey's exporting industries, between 2003 and 2006. He has lectured and held academic posts at Istanbul University, Bilgi University, İstanbul Commerce University, Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) War Academy (Staff College), and Air Force War College. From 2005 to 2008 Dr. Han was responsible for structuring and teaching the International Negotiation Strategies course module for TAF, a must course for all senior officers assigned to international military postings including NATO. He has also served as a visiting scholar at the University of St. Andrews' Center for Syrian Studies in Scotland in 2011.
Thomas J. Wright
Thomas Wright is a Fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Managing Global Order project. Previously he was Executive Director of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and Senior Researcher for the Princeton Project on National Security. Wright has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a B.A. and M.A. from University College Dublin. He has also held a predoctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. His writings have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Orbis, Survival, The Washington Quarterly, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, and The Washington Post, and a number of international newspapers and media outlets. His current projects include the future of US alliances and strategic partnerships, the geopolitical consequences of the Eurocrisis, US relations with rising powers, and multilateral diplomacy.
Thomas J. Wright, Fellow at the Brookings Institution, warns about the danger of an economic capabilities gap with the emergence of a "two-speed West". Wright argues that recession will endure, and poor EU spending choices will have dramatic consequences.