Annual Meeting of the Members & Board of Advisors     Print Email
Wednesday, 10 October 2012

On October 10, 2012, The European Institute held its Annual Meeting of the Members and Board of Advsiors at the Embassy of Lithuania, hosted by His Excellency Žygimantas Pavilionis, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States.  Moderated by Christopher Lombardi, Regional Director, Europe, Israel & Sub-Sahara at Raytheon Company, the panelists included: François Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union; Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership, Arizona State University; Dr. Sujai Shivakumar, Deputy Director, Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, The National Academies; and Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

The panel was followed by a dinner discussion with Dr. Robert Litan, Director of Research for Bloomberg Government and Author of Better Capitalism and Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism , who candidly assessed economic recovery efforts in both the United States and Europe.

 
  • World Radio Conference Outcomes

    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    The latest World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) wrapped up in late November after four long weeks of negotiations between 3400 delegates from around 165 Member States. All in all, the WRC resulted in positive outcomes for both 5G and Wi-Fi, and will benefit both the U.S. and Europe's communications agendas, particularly with respect to the decisions on spectrum to be allocated for the all-important 5G service. The effect will be to ensure the more rapid development of the next generation of mobile broadband in a manner consistent with U.S. planning and existing development.  Debates on 5G dominated the conference, but allocations for high-altitude platform stations (“HAPS”) sought by U.S. based firms were also favorable. As a result, plans to provide additional internet service to underserved areas may be accelerated.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

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New from the Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

"Edge of a Precipice" by Nathan Crist

"Newpolitik" by Emily Hruban

 

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