Wednesday, May 20thMarriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City (6:00-8:00PM)Dr. Ian KearnsDirector, European Leadership Network
Perspectives on the State of the European Security Environment
Dr. Ian Kearns is the co-Founder and Director of the European Leadership Network (ELN). Previously, Dr. Kearns was Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in the UK and Deputy Chair of the IPPR’s independent All-Party Commission on National Security in the 21st Century, serving under co-chairs, Lord George Robertson and Lord Paddy Ashdown. In 2013 he co-edited Influencing Tomorrow: Future Challenges for British Foreign Policy with Douglas Alexander M.P., the Shadow Foreign Secretary. He also served in 2010 as a Specialist Adviser to the Joint House of Commons/House of Lords Committee on National Security Strategy.
Dr. Kearns has over twenty years of experience working on foreign and security policy issues and has published on a wide range of issues including Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the US, nuclear non-proliferation, the enlargement of the European Union, conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and the security situation in Northern Ireland. He has held senior leadership position in both academia and industry and is a regular media commentator on British and international security. Ian has also written for print and periodical outlets such as The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and the New Statesman. (Biography)
For the Rethinking Seminar Dr. Kearns will discuss different perspectives (including those of the US, the European Union and Russia), on the state of the European security environment, as well as his views on what should be done moving forward.