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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner for Trade, for a conversation on transatlantic cooperation on September 27


The Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner for Trade, on Monday, September 27, for a discussion titled “Transatlantic Cooperation: Shaping the future together in uncertain times.” Dombrovskis, who also serves as Executive Vice President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People, will join Daniel S. Hamilton, an FPI Senior Fellow, for a conversation outlining strategies for improving transatlantic relations and previewing the upcoming inaugural meeting of the joint EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council (TTC). 



Daniel S. Hamilton
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Valdis Dombrovskis
European Commissioner for Trade
Executive Vice President, European Commission for An Economy that Works for People 

Time and Date

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. EDT
Monday, September 27, 2021


This event is open to the public and media, with registration

Media Contact

Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620 

About the Speakers

Daniel S. Hamilton is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His past positions at SAIS include serving as Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor, founding director of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, and Richard von Weizsäcker Professor. Hamilton previously held a variety of senior positions at the U.S. Department of State, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs; U.S. Special Coordinator for Southeast European Stabilization; Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff for two U.S. Secretaries of State; Director for Policy in the Bureau of European Affairs; and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Embassy in Germany.
Hamilton is a member and former chair of the selection committee for the Robert Bosch Foundation fellows program and has served as a member on various academic and advisory boards for U.S. and European entities. He regularly testifies before U.S. Congress and European Parliaments and is a regular commentator for U.S. and international media. Hamilton has received Germany’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit, France’s Knighthood of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Poland's Officer's Cross of Merit, Sweden’s Knighthood of the Royal Order of the Polar Star, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union’s Transatlantic Business Award, and European-American Business Council’s Transatlantic Leadership Award.
Valdis Dombrovskis is the European Commissioner for Trade and Executive Vice President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People. From 2016 to 2020, he served as European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union. Before joining the European Commission, Dombrovskis served three consecutive terms as Prime Minister of Latvia from 2009 to 2014, becoming the longest-serving elected head of government in the nation’s history.
From 2004 to 2009, Dombrovskis was a member of the European Parliament and head of the Latvian Delegation within the EPP-ED Group. He served as Latvia’s Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2004. Prior to politics, Dombrovskis worked as a senior and chief economist at the Bank of Latvia. He also worked as a research assistant at Mainz University in Germany, the Institute of Solid-State Physics in Latvia, and the University of Maryland. In 2011, he co-authored, How Latvia came through the financial crisis. Dombrovskis was awarded the Order of the Three Stars, Latvia's highest state decoration, in 2014. 

Foreign Policy Institute

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) was established in 1980 to unite the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. FPI seeks to advance practically oriented research and discussion about foreign policy. To this end, it organizes research initiatives and study groups, and hosts leaders from around the world as resident or non-resident fellows in fields including international policy, business, journalism, and academia. Read more about FPI here:  

Johns Hopkins SAIS

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