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Obama’s Europe Trip Looks at Past, Present & Future

WHO: American University experts available to discuss Obama's Europe trip

WHAT: Analysis and Discussion of President Obama's Europe trip from the G-7, NATO, and commemorating D-Day.

WHEN: May 29 –ongoing

WHERE: Via telephone, in-studio or at American University

President Obama on his second European trip in just over two months will commemorate the past on the anniversary of D-Day in Normandy and Paris, shore up the present reaffirming U.S. commitments to NATO in Warsaw, and plan for the future at the G-7 in Brussels in addition to moving forward on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). American University experts are available to discuss all aspects of Obama's trip from policy to planning.

NATO &U.S. Foreign Policy

James Goldgeier, dean American University's School of International Service, is an expert in transatlantic security and NATO, American foreign policy, the European Union, contemporary international relations, and U.S.-Russia relations. Dean Goldgeier is available to discuss Obama's meetings in Brussels and Warsaw in addition to Obama's meeting with Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko.

G-7, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) &EU

Stephen Silvia, American University School of International Service professor, is an expert on international economics, international trade relations, and comparative politics specifically in Europe. Prof. Silvia is available to discuss the G-7 summit and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks.

Michelle Egan, American University School of International Service professor, is an expert on transatlantic relations, European Union, international relations of Europe, comparative European politics, and trade. Prof. Egan is available to talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), recent European Parliament elections and impact on United States, general EU matter. 


Peter Kuznick, American University associate professor, is an expert on 20th-century American history. Specifically, Prof. Kuznick says: "The typical American narrative places D-Day as the triumphal moment in the war. FDR had actually promised the second front would start a year and a half earlier and Eisenhower and Marshall were furious about the delay. By the time we landed in Normandy, the Soviets had largely defeated the Germans, who were retreating across Europe. The U.S. and the Brits helped finish off what the Soviets had accomplished. The difference over narratives is actually important in understanding what is happening today in Ukraine, among other things." Kuznick can also comment on Japanese and American nuclear culture. 

Presidential Trips Abroad

Anita McBride, American University executive-in-residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, served in three U.S. presidential administrations including chief of staff for First Lady Laura Bush. McBride is an expert on global diplomacy and served as senior advisor in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Organizations and as the State Department's White House liaison. McBride is available to discuss the significance of Obama's trip to Europe and what goes into planning a trip, and why it's important whether First Lady Michelle Obama will accompany her husband.

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