Boston University Hosts Ambassadors Updating the State of Transatlantic Relations

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(Boston) — Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton, now European Union (EU) ambassador to the United States, and Rockwell Schnabel, former U.S. ambassador to the EU, discuss transatlantic relations on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at Boston University.

Moderated by former New York Times foreign affairs columnist Anthony Lewis, the discussion is sponsored by the BU Institute for Human Sciences in cooperation with the university’s European Studies Department. Free and open to the public and media, the event at the BU School of Management auditorium will be followed by a reception.

Prime Minister of Ireland from 1994 to1997, Bruton was deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process leading to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He presided over an Irish EU presidency in 1996, helping finalize the pact which governs management of the single European currency. Before being appointed EU Ambassador to the U.S. in November 2004, he served on the caucus that drafted the European Constitution.

Schnabel was appointed U.S. Representative to the EU in 2001 and served until July 2005. A longtime businessman, he served as U.S. ambassador to Finland in under President Reagan and deputy secretary then acting Secretary of Commerce in the administration of President George Bush Sr. He is co-author of “The Next Superpower? The Rise of Europe and its Challenge to the United States” (Rowman & Littlefield).

This is the latest in the “Challenges to the 21st Century: European and American Perspectives” series. For more information about upcoming IHS events, visit here.

Two Ambassadors on Transatlantic Relations

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

6:30 p.m., with reception to follow

Boston University, School of Management auditorium
595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston