Boston University International Conference Updates European, United States Relationship

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 |

(Boston) — Two weeks following the U.S. presidential election, Boston University will host an international conference of foreign-affairs journalists, government officials, and academics from both sides of the Atlantic on Tuesday, November 16, discussing current American and European relations.

Media are invited to attend the conference, at the Boston University School of Management, Executive Leadership Center, 4th floor, 595 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Free and open to the public, the event is organized by the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University in cooperation with the Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam.

The conference will be in two sessions each with a keynote speaker who then will join a panel discussion (for full schedule, see

Session One, 12:45-3:30 p.m.: “European v. American Perspectives on the Middle East.”
• Keynote by former French Prime Minister Alain Juppé.
• Panelists include James Hoge, Foreign Affairs magazine; Rachel Bronson, Council of Foreign Relations; Therese Delpech, Atomic Energy Commission, Paris; Michael Mertes, former policy advisor to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; and David Phillips, Council on Foreign Relations.

Session Two, 4-6:30 p.m.: “Instruments of International Cooperation.”
• Keynote by former German Minister of Defense Volker Rühe.
• Panelists include Maarten Brands, University of Amsterdam; Charles Kupchan, Georgetown University; Aleksander Smolar, National Council for Scientific Research, Paris; and Stephen Walt, Belfer, Harvard University.

Event: Boston University Conference, Institute for Human Sciences
“The United States and Europe: Partnership or Competition”
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Time: 12:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Place: Boston University School of Management, 4th floor
595 Commonwealth Ave., Boston