Carnegie Europe announced today a series of new research and policy initiatives that will foster fresh thinking on the regional and global issues that will shape Europe’s role in the world. The European centre of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace made the announcement as it marks the opening of its expanded offices in Brussels.

Jessica T. Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment, said:

“As the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace celebrates its centennial this year, we do so in the midst of a profound transition—both in global politics and for us as an institution. Four years ago we redefined the nature of a think tank by setting out to build the first truly global think tank with offices in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and Asia. Our growing presence in Europe—one of the two centres of global governance—is a critical milestone in that journey.”

The inauguration of its new offices in Brussels coincides with the addition of a new research platform with experts who will address the critical challenges facing Europe and the world today, including:

  • Taghreed El-Khodary, the former New York Times correspondent in Gaza, will focus on the prospects for the Middle East peace process.
  • Paul Schulte, former director of proliferation and arms control for the British government and chief speechwriter for two British defence secretaries, will work on conventional and nuclear arms control, cyber threats, and broader security and defence issues.
  • Sinan Ülgen, former Turkish diplomat and noted commentator on Turkish economic and political affairs, will assess the implications of Turkey’s regional and foreign policies for Europe and the United States.

As part of its growing mission, Carnegie Europe, in collaboration with the Open Society Institute (OSI)–Brussels, also announced the launch of Global Europe 2020. This group brings together the next generation of foreign policy experts in a series of private, roundtable briefings to discuss the global challenges facing the EU in the coming decades.

Fabrice Pothier, director of Carnegie Europe, said:

“With the Lisbon Treaty, the onus is on Europe to think more clearly and strategically about its role in the world. Expanding Carnegie Europe by strengthening its research platform while continuing to bring the unique perspectives of Carnegie’s scholars from across the world is a commitment to helping shape a more global Europe.”