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St. Thomas Hosts Transatlantic Conference on U.S.- E.U. Relations

An elite group of global policy makers and specialists will convene on the University of St. Thomas campus to discuss United States-European Union economic, trade and diplomatic relations from Oct. 3-4.

The Transatlantic Conference: “Which Transatlantic Relationship after the Global Crisis?” will be hosted by the University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies, Stephen F. Austin State University and Laboratoire Européen d'Anticipation Politique.

The goal of the conference is to explore the future of the transatlantic relationship in light of the changes produced by the crisis in global leadership. This conference seeks to untangle the confusion by addressing how the transatlantic relationship is preparing to accommodate a new era in international politics and commercial development.

“I think some people probably don’t realize how important the European Union is to Texas,” said Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts at SFA and one of the conference organizers. “Texas is the largest beneficiary of European direct investment. That $58.2 billion translates into 212,000 Texas jobs, and exports from Texas to Europe have doubled in volume from 2000 to 2009.”

The conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. Oct 3 in the Crooker Center Ahern Room. Biancheri and Norland will participate in a 2 p.m. discussion titled “The Global Crisis: The Path to the World Afterwards.” The final session of the day begins at 4 p.m.

The conference resumes at 9 a.m. Oct. 4. Harald Greib, a German civil servant at the Ministry of Interior, and Zsolt Nyiri, director of Transatlantic Trends for the German Marshall Fund, will discuss the futures of the European Union and the United States. A luncheon at noon will feature a roundtable discussion with consul generals from France, Germany and Italy. A session at 1:30 p.m. will feature Hamilton and Murphy.

Murphy said policy recommendations that reflect a consensus among the participants will be compiled and published.

“The current crisis in global leadership is of historic magnitude not experienced since World War II,” Murphy said. “A vastly revised international landscape is on the horizon. This conference seeks to untangle the confusion by addressing how the transatlantic relationship is preparing to accommodate a new era in international politics and commercial development.”

Three topics will be examined through keynote and panel discussions:
• The Global Crisis: The Path to the World Afterwards: How has the world changed in the past two decades from the U.S. and EU perspectives?
• The Global Crisis: The Futures of the European Union and United States: What are the likely futures of the U.S. and EU in adapting to the changes in the world?
• The Global Crisis and the Future of the Transatlantic Relationship: In light of the changed international landscape, what is the likely direction of the U.S.-EU relationship?

Keynote speakers include:
• Franck Biancheri, Director of Studies at LEAP, Laboratoire Européen d'Anticipation Politique
• Daniel Hamilton, Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
• Ambassador Richard Norland, Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Advisor, National War College; Former Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Afghanistan, Deputy Chief of Mission in Latvia, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council
• Zsolt Nyiri, Director of Transatlantic Trends, German Marshall Fund and former research director for Europe for the Gallup World Poll from 2005-09.

Registration information can be found at: For more information, contact Dr. Hans Stockton, director of the Center for International Studies at 713-525-3536.

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