European and American delegation to speak on transatlantic relationship

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a Washington DC based bipartisan think tank recently launched a major new project, called “Across the Pond, In the Field.”

The objective is to engage new audiences around the country to better understand how people outside Washington view the transatlantic relationship, trade, alliances, and other foreign policy issues. By getting out of Washington, DC for face-to-face conversations with people from across the country, the project leaders hope to bridge partisan divides and tackle the toughest national security challenges facing the United States.

The next stop in their three year, 12 city tour is Grand Rapids, Michigan on June, 12-13. The delegation will include the Norwegian Ambassador to the US, Kåre Aas and Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, Kadri Liik. Also attending will be CNAS President, Richard Fontaine, and Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS, Julie Smith.

While in Grand Rapids, they are planning to meet with local editorial boards and media outlets. They want to hear from the people in the community and take questions on several different issues, including:

• How does international trade impact Grand Rapid's local community? • What do Michiganders think about NATO, Europe, Russia, and other foreign policy issues? • What is it that Washington and other national capitals just don't get?

Several public events are planned in coordination with local organizations in Grand Rapids, including the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

To schedule an interview with members of the delegation on June 12th or 13th, or for more information about the team’s public events while in Grand Rapids please contact Madeline Christian at or by phone at 202-695-8166.

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