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Minister of Defense of Germany (ret.), the Honorable Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, on the Need for Old Allies in a New Global Security World (GNSEA)

May 01, 2014, 6:00pm

New global conflicts seem to arise weekly, from violence in Ukraine resulting from the Russian takeover of Crimea, to the uprising and ongoing violence in Syria. The U.S. has seen its own warnings and sanctions taken less seriously by emboldened and power-hungry foreign leaders. There has never been a more important time to re-enforce our relationship with the EU, especially Germany, as we face new and ongoing security threats from places like Iran and Russia. On Thursday, May 1, Gen Next Seattle will host an extremely exclusive evening with the Honorable Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former Minister of Defense of Germany, and an expert on global security and diplomacy. Having overseen Germany’s defense strategies and policies, Baron zu Guttenberg will bring an unparalleled level of insight exclusively to Gen Next Members, to help us better understand and navigate an incredibly complex global security landscape. Speaker bio: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg served as German Federal Minister of Defense from 2009 to 2011 and as Federal Minister of Economics and Technology from February 2009 to October 2009. As Minister of Defense, zu Guttenberg led the most significant structural reform of the German armed forces since the Bundeswehr's founding in 1955. In particular, he spearheaded the effort of transforming the Bundeswehr from a conscription-based army to an all-professional military. Baron zu Guttenberg served as a CSU Member of the German Parliament or Bundestag from 2002 to 2011 and as Spokesman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group on the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs Committee during 2002 to 2008. He was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Western European Union (2002-2005). He also briefly served as Secretary-General of Germany's co-governing CSU party (2008/2009) before being appointed to Chancellor Merkel's cabinet in early 2009. As a "Distinguished Statesman" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, Mr. zu Guttenberg leads a new high-level transatlantic dialogue initiative focused on global trends and current political, economic, financial, as well as technology issues. Since December 2011, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg serves as Senior Advisor to the European Commission's "No Disconnect Strategy", providing strategic counsel on how to give ongoing support to internet users, bloggers and cyber-activists living under authoritarian regimes. Mr. zu Guttenberg liaises with EU Member States, third countries, NGOs, as well as relevant ICT companies to advance the "No Disconnect Strategy" in a coordinated and effective manner.

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