Inaugural Transatlantic Forum in Chicago

May 13, 2019

Transatlantic Forum: After the Midterms – Democratic & Republican Experts Discuss the Current Political Landscape, April 29, 2019

The French-American Foundation held its first Transatlantic Forum in Chicago at the end of April on the current political landscape in the US. The event was hosted by the Consul General of France, Mr. Guillaume Lacroix, at his Residence: “It was a great pleasure to host the French-American Foundation’s first Transatlantic Forum in Chicago. This event permitted an open and illuminating dialogue; allowing for a deep, nuanced, and contextualized understanding of crucial matters concerning both France and the United States. Conversations such as the ones held during the Transatlantic Forum are at the root of diplomacy and a functional democracy.”

Our guests were:

  • Maura Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, The Warrior-Scholar Project; U.S. Marine Corps Officer and Iraq Veteran; Former Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs appointed by President Obama; and Young Leader of the French-American Foundation.
  • Ron Sorini, One of America’s leading experts on trade and tariff policy; Chief Textile Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) under the H. W. Bush Administration.

This discussion was moderated by Frank Sensenbrenner, Quantitative Risk Management at US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Maura Sullivan, who ran for Congress as a democrat in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district last year, highlighted the 22 candidates for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries and caucuses. She mentioned the challenges that democratic candidates will face and give us a light on the candidate most capable of defeating President Trump during the next presidential election. Ron Sorini focused on the series of shifts and changes on trade under the Trump presidency.

We will organize a new Transatlantic Forum in Chicago next autumn. More details coming soon!

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