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SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations Launches New Transatlantic Security and Industry Program Jeffrey P. Bialos Appointed Director

The Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has created the Program on Transatlantic Security and Industry, appointing Jeffrey P. Bialos as the program's director and a senior fellow at the center.

The Transatlantic Security and Industry Program will focus on the evolving role of NATO, the future of coalition war fighting, development of transatlantic war fighting capabilities and the integration of transatlantic defense industries. The program will examine impediments to transatlantic armaments and industrial cooperation in aerospace, defense and space-from export controls to industrial security to trade barriers-and innovative approaches to arming the coalition for the 21st century.

The program will include analytical studies of the transatlantic arms market, prospects for improving coalition war fighting capabilities and the transatlantic implications of European security and defense policy; a series of workshops and seminars on key issues; and periodic policy papers and publications. The program also will focus on space issues, including the prospect for cooperation in this dynamic area, and key policy goals leading up to the NATO Prague summit this fall.

Jeffrey P. Bialos served in several senior positions in the Clinton administration, most recently as deputy under secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs. Previously, he was special adviser to Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs Stuart Eizenstat and deputy assistant secretary of Commerce for Import Administration. Bialos served as head of the U.S. delegation for negotiations with the European Union over the future of the Global Navigation System and Galileo, the recently approved European navigation system. He also spent 14 years practicing international commercial and trade law in Washington, D.C.

Since leaving government in early 2001, Bialos has been a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a consultant in the aerospace and defense industry. He recently became a partner at the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, where he specializes in aerospace, defense and international matters.

Daniel S. Hamilton, SAIS research professor and director of the center, said: "We believe this program can make a useful contribution to transatlantic security relations as they evolve to meet new challenges. There are questions being raised about the future of NATO and coalition warfare, the risks of gradual de-coupling in the security area and the prospects of future U.S.-European security and armaments cooperation. Mr. Bialos brings a world of experience on globalization to this effort. He is one of the few individuals who has worked on these issues across the board."

Bialos said: "I welcome the opportunity to focus on cutting-edge armament and security issues that are central to the transatlantic security relationship. The degree of U.S.-European engagement in armaments in the coming years will be pivotal in determining the role of NATO and the prospect of coalition war fighting for the 21st century."

The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations sponsors research, lectures, seminars, media programming and policy study groups on issues confronting the United States and Europe around the world. The center is also the coordinating office for the American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES), a five-university partnership that has been designated by the European Commission as the EU Center in Washington, DC.

Members of the media who want to cover this event should contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes in the SAIS Public Affairs Office at 202.663.5626 or fklubes@jhu.edu.

Date: 
Monday, May 27, 2002
Press Release Type: 
Contact Person: 
Felisa Neuringer Klubes
Phone: 
(202) 663.5626