The U.S., France and Europe – Where Do We Go From Here?
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 4:30 – 6: 00 PM
Location: Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University
Speaker: Ambassador Jane Dorothy Hartley
Former United States Ambassador to France
T.H. Jane D. Hartley served as President Obama’s Ambassador to the French Republic from 2014 through the inauguration of Donald Trump. The US-French bilateral relationship pre-dates the founding of either republic and reflects shared values and shared history over more than two centuries. Ambassador Hartley’s predecessors include Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. France is a major trading partner and a major tourist destination and the US decision 70 years ago to launch the Marshall Plan to rebuild a shattered Europe led to the creation of today’s European Union, the NATO alliance and much of what is now considered the modern world order. Equal partners and sometimes rivals, that partnership has its share of victories and of strains and tension – now, with two new presidents at the helm, perhaps more than ever. Ambassador Hartley will share her insights into this critical bilateral relationship, and what it means for Europe, and for the United States.