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From Brussels to the Beltway - The Future of European-American Relations

  • Keough School of Global Affairs - Washington office 1616 P Street Northwest Suite 120 Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

The University of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs and Irish Network DC invite you to an evening of discussion with:

David O'Sullivan
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

"From Brussels to the Beltway: 

The Future of European-American Relations " 

Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Reception 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Presentation and discussion 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Business attire

Keough School of Global Affairs - Washington office

1616 P Street NW, Suite 120, Washington, DC  20036

Ambassador O’Sullivan will provide observations on the relationship between the European Union and the United States, informed by his experiences in his diplomatic role. He also will address specific challenges ranging from Brexit to neo-nationalism.


Thomas Wright
Director, Center on the United States and Europe
Brookings Institution

Keynote Introduction: 

William Collins Donahue
Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies
Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame 

About David O’Sullivan

Before arriving in the United States, Ambassador O'Sullivan was responsible for setting up the European External Action Service. He has served in several leadership positions in the European Union including Head of Cabinet to Commission President Romano Prodi, Secretary General of the European Commission, and Chief Operating Officer of the European Union’s European External Action Service. Prior to his service in the EU, Ambassador O’Sullivan served in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. He holds a master’s degree from the College of Europe in Bruges and is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin in sociology and economics.

Thomas Wright is the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He works on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, the future of Europe, and Asian security. His book All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power was published by Yale University Press in May 2017.

William Collins Donahue is the director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He also is the Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities. Donahue holds a Ph.D. in German literature from Harvard and is a scholar of contemporary German literature and film. He also is a concurrent professor of film, television, and theatre at Notre Dame.


Earlier Event: October 4
K-Cinema: Confidential Assignment