Break-Down or Revitalization? Transatlantic Relations after the US Elections

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Break-Down or Revitalization? Transatlantic Relations after the US Elections

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Online Event
Anthony Gardner (former US Ambassador to the European Union), Peter Wittig (former German Ambassador to the UN, the US and the UK)
Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Dr Hartmut Mayer (Director, European Studies Centre, St Antony’s, Oxford) and Professor Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College, Oxford)
ESC Core Seminar Series

Anthony Gardner (former US Ambassador to the European Union) and Peter Wittig (former German Ambassador to the UN, the US and the UK) in conversation about Transatlantic Relations after the US Elections.

Professor Kalypso Nicolaїdis (St Antony’s College, Oxford) will chair.

Dr Hartmut Mayer (Director, European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford) and Professor Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony’s College, Oxford) are discussants.

Anthony Gardner is a Managing Partner with Brookfield’s Private Equity group; a Senior Adviser at the Brunswick Group, a communications and strategic consulting firm; a Senior Counsel at Sidley Austin, an international law firm; a board member of Iberdrola, a leading global utility, and a member of the investment committee of Qualitas Equity Partners, a fund of funds. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Ditchley Foundation, a member of the advisory boards of the Centre for European Reform, the European Policy Centre, the American European Community Association and a non-resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. 

He served as US Ambassador to the European Union (2014-2017). In that capacity, he played a key role in the negotiations of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement and of Privacy Shield, the legal framework enabling flows of personal data from Europe to the United States. He was instrumental in bringing about a change in US privacy legislation that gives European citizens greater rights to protect their privacy interests before US federal courts. 

Before serving in Brussels, Tony worked at Palamon Capital Partners, a private equity firm and GE Capital, both in London. During 1994-1995 he served as Director of European Affairs at the National Security Council; in that capacity he focused on EU issues and was closely involved in the negotiation of the New Transatlantic Agenda. He has also worked at the Directorate-General for Competition Policy of the European Commission and at the Treuhandanstalt in Berlin.

He is the author of “Stars with Stripes: The Essential Partnership between the European Union and the United States,” Palgrave MacMillan (2020) and “A New Era in US-EU Relations?” Avebury Press (1997). Tony appears regularly on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, Euronews and Fox Business News as a commentator on transatlantic issues. He has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times and Foreign Affairs.

Tony is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A.), Oxford University (MPhil), Columbia Law School (J.D.) and London Business School (MSc in Finance).

Tony Gardner has lived in Europe for 29 years and is a dual US and Italian national. He is married to a Spaniard.

Dr Peter Wittig recently retired from the German Diplomatic Service. He is now working as Senior Advisor Global Affairs for the Schaeffler Group. He is also a Fisher Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Wittig is a five-time Ambassador. He served in Spain, Lebanon, Cyprus and at headquarters in the Cabinet of two Foreign Ministers; most recently he served as the German Ambassador to the United Nations in New York (2009 - 2014) representing his country in the Security Council, to the United States of America (2014 - 2018) and to the United Kingdom (2018 - 2020). 

Before joining the Foreign Service he studied History, Political Science and Law at the Universities of Bonn, Freiburg, Canterbury and Oxford. He taught History of Ideas as a Junior Professor at the University of Freiburg.

He has published numerous articles on international affairs.

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