The Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges campus, with the financial support of the European Commission, organized a series of events dedicated to the issue of the ‘neighbours of the neighbours'07/10/2013 of the European Union. This concept was introduced by the European Commission in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and refers mainly to countries in Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
A first public high-level lecture was held at the College of Europe in Bruges on Thursday, 25 October 2012 (17:15-18:30) on the topic “The United States and the EU’s Broader Neighbourhood”. The lecture was followed by a Q&A session and a public reception.
Lecture: The United States and the EU’s Broader Neighbourhood
Speaker: Dr Ian LESSER, Director, Transatlantic Center, German Marshall Fund
Dr Ian LESSER is Director of the German Marshall Fund's Transatlantic Center in Brussels, where he leads GMF's work on the Mediterranean, Turkish, and wider-Atlantic security issues. Prior to joining GMF, Dr LESSER was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Vice President and Director of Studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He came to the Pacific Council from RAND, where he spent over a decade as a senior analyst and research manager specializing in strategic studies. From 1994-1995, he was a member of the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for Turkey, Southern Europe, North Africa, and the multilateral track of the Middle East peace process. Dr LESSER was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and received his D.Phil. from Oxford University.