Berlin, 17. October: The Bucharest Forum, the public events platform of the Aspen Institute Romania, took place from 9-10 October in the Romanian capital. The event is focused on the needs of economic and strategic decision-makers in the region between the Adriatic Sea, the Black Sea, and the Caspian Sea. Every year, the Bucharest Forum becomes one of the most relevant international gatherings for high-level public policy debate.
Launched in 2012, the Forum aims to create a regional platform for forward-thinking economic and security policies and open dialogue between governments and civil society.
This year’s Forum was one of the largest public strategic debates in the region, offering a unique opportunity for a high-level East-West conversation and facilitating an in-depth understanding of the current global transformative context.
Jean-Christophe Bas, CEO of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) and a member of the executive board of the Aspen Institute France participated in the ‘America and Europe: Friends or foes?’ panel. The session dealt with the question of whether the two sides are able to rebuild bridges amidst a trade war and also debated the extent to which the two sides of the Atlantic ocean are divided.
Besides Bas, Molly Montgomery, vice-president of the Albright Stonebridge Group and a former special adviser for Europe and Russia in the Office of the US Vice President, and Ivan Hodac, the president of the Aspen Institute Central Europe also spoke on the panel, which was moderated by Andrea Shalal, senior correspondent for Thomson Reuters in Berlin.
Jean-Christophe Bas stressed