With Open Hearts - Relief efforts of Central and Eastern Europe to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian war against Ukraine
On Wednesday 18 May 2022, MEP Anna Fotyga, ECR Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, hosted the conference “With open hearts. Relief efforts of Central and Eastern Europe to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian war against Ukraine” in the European Parliament.
The Russian war...
Following months of military buildup on its border with Ukraine, on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a sweeping invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbor threatening to crush the sovereignty of a nation and destroy the post-Soviet European order. What led us to this moment? How will the European Union, the United States, and the greater global community respond? AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, Polish Foreign Minister (2007-2014) and Member of European Parliament Radosław Sikorski, POLITICO Chief Europe Correspondent Matt Karnitschnig, and Atlantic Council Eurasia Center nonresident fellow Vladislav Davidzon shared their insights.
One of Greece’s most prominent newspapers, Kathimerini, interviewed AJC CEO David Harris on the challenges the Eastern Mediterranean countries face, from Turkey’s belligerent behaviour to Islamist threats. Harris hailed the vibrant and strategic trilateral alliance between Greece, Cyprus and Israel, a crucial partnership long supported by AJC, as contributing to peace in the region.
Following a recent survey showing 36% Germans believe the U.S. represent a greater threat to democracy than Russia or China, AJC Berlin Director Remko Leemhuis and Associate Director Eric Adamson plea in Internationale Politik for a closer transatlantic partnership based both on shared common values and sheer self interest.
Over 70 legislators, diplomats, and officials from Europe, North America, and Israel gathered for an exclusive online discussion on the burgeoning NATO-Israel ties co-organized by the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) and the Mission of Israel to the EU and NATO. Co-hosted by TFI members MP Attila Mesterházy, NATO Parliamentary Assembly Vice President, and Canadian MP James Bezan, Vice Chair of the House of Commons National Defence Standing Committee, the panel discussion featured H.E. Aharon Leshno-Yaar, Ambassador of Israel to the EU and NATO, Colonel Nir Omer, Military Representative to NATO and to the EU, former NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Dr. Jamie Shea, and AJC Jerusalem Director Lt Col (res.) Avital Leibovich as moderator.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal argues that America is today what it has always been: a flawed society, like all others, but also a unique force for good in the world. If the country convinces itself that it’s inherently and irredeemably racist, it can’t possibly continue to believe that it has any right to lead the free world. As they watch America’s self-immolation, leaders in Moscow, Beijing and Tehran surely can’t believe their luck.
Part two of the Transatlantic Dialogues series bringing together legislators from both sides of the Atlantic featured Greek MEP Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou and Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL). Moderated by AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal, the lawmakers covered a wide range of issues, from international trade and Iranian belligerency to relations with China and opportunities and challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Can the transatlantic partners find some much-needed common ground? Find out in this webinar!
Relations between the U.S. and the EU have experienced unprecedented strains in recent years. In this first Transatlantic Dialogues webinar moderated by Julie Rayman Fishman, AJC Deputy Director for Policy and Diplomatic Affairs in Washington, Austrian MEP Lukas Mandl, Chair of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI), and U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, discuss how the two sides can overcome their differences on Iran, Russia, Israel, and other key issues.
Counterpoint host Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, moderates a debate with leading lawmakers from the main political families about the future of the U.S.-EU partnership. The special pre-election "Town Hall” edition of Counterpoint covers the security threats emanating from Europe's Southern and Eastern Neighborhoods, burden-sharing at NATO, the idea of an EU army, as well as the crucial relationship with Israel.
AJC Miami Director Brian Siegal reflects in the Miami Herald on his three-week journey to five European countries with the GMF’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship. The relationship between Europe and the U.S., based on shared values and interests, remains essential in addressing today’s challenges.