As countries around the world struggle to roll out vaccines to combat the coronavirus crisis, the pandemic is not the only global challenge on the international agenda. The common issues facing Europe and the United States are daunting. They include climate change, migration, democracy and multilateralism, international trade, as well as security and defense. How will we address a host of complex global issues and common threats in the months and years to come?
Join the American Council on Germany and 1014 for a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on international affairs with Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor to the International Security Program and Resource Security Program at New America, and Dr. Stefan Mair, Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP), on Tuesday, February 9, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
The Honorable Sharon E. Burke directs the Resource Security group at New America, which looks at the intersection of security, prosperity, and natural resources. She also serves as a senior advisor to the organization and the Future of War project.
Before joining New America, she served in the Obama administration as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for operational energy, a new office that worked to improve the energy security of U.S. military operations. Prior to her service at DoD, she held a number of senior U.S. government positions, including at the Department of State in the George W. Bush administration, and was a Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. She attended Williams College and Columbia University, where she was a Zuckerman and International fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs. She publishes widely and is on a number of boards, including for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Dr. rer. pol. Stefan Mair has served as Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and Executive Chairman of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) since October 1, 2020. Dr. Mair began his career at SWP in 1992, after gaining his Ph.D. at the ifo Institute in Munich. He worked at SWP for 18 years, first as a researcher on Sub-Saharan Africa and later as a member of the Executive Board. From 2002 to 2010, he was a member of the management of the SWP and from 2007 to 2009, he was the Director of Research. For the past ten years, Dr. Mair served on the Executive Board of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), with particular responsibility for international issues