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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission, for a conversation with Dean James B. Steinberg on September 22

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series on Thursday, September 22. Vice President Timmermans will join Dean James Steinberg for a discussion on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and ongoing energy crisis.
James Steinberg
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Frans Timmermans
Executive Vice President, The European Commission
Time and Date
3:30 p.m. –4:30 p.m. EDT
Thursday, September 22
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney-Herter Auditorium
This event is open to the public and media, with registration.
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Johns Hopkins SAIS
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About the Speakers
Frans Timmermans was born on May 1961. He is a Dutch diplomat and politician who currently serves as the first Executive Vice President of the European Commission. Since 2014, he has served as the European Commissioner for the portfolio of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, Rule of Law, and Charter of Fundamental Rights in the Juncker Commission.  Timmermans previously worked in the Dutch Civil Service (1987-1998), as a member of the House of Representatives for the Labor Party (1998-2007; 2010-2012), as Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs charged with European Affairs (2007-2010) and as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012-2014).
From 1995-1998, Timmermans served as a Senior Advisor and Private Secretary to the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the OSCE, Max van der Stoel and from 1994-1995, as a staff member for the EU Commissioner Hans van den Broek. In 1993 and 1994, Timmermans worked as Deputy Head of the Minister for Development Cooperation’s EC Affairs Section. In 1990 and 1993, he served as the Deputy Secretary of the Dutch Embassy in Moscow. From 1987-1990, he served as Policy Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Between 1980-1985, Timmermans graduated with a degree in French language and literature from Radboud University in Nijmegen. From 1984-1985, he pursued postgraduate courses in European Law and French Literature at the University of Nancy. Timmermans is married with four children.
James B. Steinberg is the 10th Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Most recently, he served as the University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he was also Dean from 2011 to 2016. Before joining Syracuse University, he was Deputy Secretary of State from 2009 to 2011, serving as the principal deputy to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. From 2005 to 2008, Steinberg held the role of Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Prior to joining the University of Texas, he was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution from 2001 to 2005. From 1996 to 2000, Steinberg served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton. During this time, he also served as the president’s personal representative to the 1998 and 1999 G8 summits. Before the Deputy National Security Advisor role, Steinberg held positions as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Steinberg’s most recent books are A Glass Half Full? Rebalance, Reassurance and Resolve in the U.S.-China Relationship and Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century. Steinberg wrote both books with Michael O’Hanlon. His recent book chapters and articles include: “Too Much History: American Policy and East Asia in the Shadow of the Past” in Texas National Security Review; “Present at the ‘Re-Creation’: The Role of the State Department in Formulating and Implementing U.S. Global Policy” in America’s National Security Architecture; “United States: Grappling with Rising Powers” in Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World; and “History, Policymaking, and the Balkans: Lessons Imported and Lessons Learned” in The Power of the Past, History and Statecraft. Steinberg is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and recognitions, including the CIA Director's Medal, Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award from the American Political Science Association, and Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award.

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