In the wake of last month’s terrorist bombings in Brussels and the massive coordinated attacks that left 130 dead in Paris last November, the European Union’s 28 member nations are being threatened as never before by radical Islamic extremists.
At the same time, an influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere has created Europe’s worst migrant crisis since World War II, even as the continent struggles to recover from the financial meltdown of 2008. In the midst of all this, Great Britain is preparing for a referendum in June that could signal the beginning of the end of the European Union itself.
Here to help us make sense of it all is David O’Sullivan, the EU’s envoy to the United States. The seasoned Irish diplomat will be our featured guest at the Ambassadors’ Insider Series discussion, set for May 19 at the Willard InterContinental Washington. After the discussion, participants will enjoy a networking reception with food and drink.
O’Sullivan, who appeared on the July 2015 cover of The Washington Diplomat, will talk about the many issues facing the EU, including terrorism, the migrant crisis, the euro crisis, NATO and the possibility of a so-called “Brexit” that has triggered alarm bells on both sides of the Atlantic among people worried about future ties between the European Union and the United States.
Before his current assignment in Washington, O’Sullivan served as chief operating officer of the European External Action Service, the EU’s equivalent of a foreign ministry. From 2005 to 2010, he was director-general for trade, and previously he was secretary-general of the European Commission.
O’Sullivan started his career in the Irish Foreign Ministry. In June 2014, the American Chamber of Commerce gave O’Sullivan its EU Translatlantic Business Award, and in December 2014, the veteran diplomat won an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Trinity College of Dublin.
The Ambassadors’ Insider Series is an exclusive program hosted by The Washington Diplomat newspaper to meet and network with the city’s foreign envoys and learn about the countries they represent in an intimate setting at some of D.C.’s top venues. Our audited readership of more than 120,000 includes foreign diplomats, multilateral institutions, Capitol Hill lawmakers, State Department officials, Fortune 500 executives, academics and other points of influence in Washington.