H.E. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy (2014-2019), and Rector, College of Europe, will discuss the consequences of the Trump administration’s approach to alliances and diplomatic relationships for the incoming administration and the future of transatlantic relations more broadly. Can the relationship be restored to its earlier, more taken-for-granted status? If so, would that be desirable? How have Europe’s foreign relations changed as a result of the Trump administration’s retreat from overseas partnerships?
This is the 2021 Otto and Fran Walter Memorial Lecture, usually delivered on Europe Day. This conversation will be moderated by Professor John Torpey, Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. The event will be introduced by Robin Garrell, President of the Graduate Center, and Ms. Mogherini will be introduced by Martha Peak, Vice President, Walter Foundation.
This event is also sponsored by the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation, the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, the Institute for European Studies of the University of California - Berkeley, the Baltic-American Chamber of Commerce and the Center for West European Studies | EU Center of the University of Washington.
Federica Mogherini is the Rector of the College of Europe since September 2020. She co-chairs the United Nations High Level Panel on Internal Displacement since January 2020. Previously she has served as the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, from 2014 to 2019.
Prior to joining the EU, she was Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (2014), and a Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (2008-14). In her parliamentary capacity, she was Head of the Italian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Vice-President of its Political Committee (2013-14); member of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2008-13); Secretary of the Defence Committee (2008-13); and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. She also coordinated the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Development Cooperation.
Federica Mogherini is a Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, member of the Group of Eminent Persons of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, member of the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, and member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Institute for Foreign Affairs (IAI). She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.