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United States Group

James Kilcourse

John Travers

About the IIEA U.S. Group:

The U.S. group analyses the EU-U.S relationship in the context of international trade, business and finance, justice issues such as cross-border crime, immigration policy, borders and customs cooperation, counter-terrorism, international security, climate change and energy policy. Attention is also devoted to the forums through which the transatlantic partners cooperate on the international stage, such as the World Trade Organisation, the United Nations and the World Bank in addressing a wide variety of issues such as trade disputes, the reduction of carbon emissions and the international financial and banking systems, to name but a few.  Particular attention is given to the situation of Ireland within the transatlantic relationship, and the contribution that Ireland can make to this relationship. 

In fulfilling its mission statement, the group hosts briefings, roundtable discussions and conferences with senior American and European officials, politicians, businesspeople, academics and policy makers, focusing on different aspects of the important and mutually beneficial transatlantic relationship and emphasising the importance of cooperation between the parties in finding solutions to global challenges. 

For the most recent events of the U.S. Group, click here.

Previous IIEA U.S. group events include:

·      15 June 2011 Obama's Foreign Policy and the End of the American Era, Professor Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Rene Belfer Professor of International Relations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


·      01 April 2011 American Foreign Policy Priorities in a Changing World, Dr. Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, New York


·      9 February 2011 Establishing a Transatlantic Innovation Economy, Jeffries Briginshaw, EU Executive Director of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD)


·      09 March 2010 EU/US Relations - A US Perspective on the Transatlantic Relationship, Spencer P. Boyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs


·      23 March 2010 Prospects for the CTBT, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the CTBTO, Ambassador Tibor Toth


·      24 November 2009 The US Strategy for Afghanistan, Michael Semple, Regional Specialist on Afghanistan and Pakistan

·      02 November 2009 Myths and Realities in the Irish-US Relationship, Denis Staunton, Foreign Editor, The Irish Times


·      05 October 2009 The Transatlantic Relationship: The New Terms of Engagement, Professor Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics


·      05 June 2009 The Global Financial Crisis: Ramifications for the United States and the Rest of the World, Professor James K. Galbraith, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin


·      26 June 2008 McCain, Obama and US Foreign Policy in the 2008 Presidential Election, Roger Cohen, Columnist and Editor-at-large, International Herald Tribune (IHT)


·      29 November 2007 EU-US Co-operation in Border Security and Home Affairs, Michael Chertoff, US Secretary of Homeland Security


·      8 October 2007 Trends in Terrorism, Bruce Hoffman, Senior Scholar, Princeton University & Senior Fellow, Westpoint Military Academy.


·      5 October 2007 Development Issues, Daniel Sullivan, US Secretary of State for Business, Development and Economic Affairs


·      2006 Annual review of EU/US relations by Professor Seamus O’Cleireacain, Columbia University, New York


·      12 December 2006 What is political Islam and what is Islamist militancy, Peter Bergen, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Washington DC


·      25 September 2006 Progress towards a Barrier-Free Transatlantic Market, Martin Broughton, Chair of British Airways and Chairman of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue


·      13 September 2006 The Report of the Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction by Dr. Hans Blix, former Head, United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC)


·      30 August 2006 Foundation Members Dinner with Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University


·      02 March 2006 Discussion on EU Issues, John Podesta, President of the Centre for American Progress and former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton


·      27 February 2006 Strengthening EU-US relations, H.E. John Bruton, EU Ambassador to the United States


·      19 January 2006 Europe and America: Underwriters of the International Order? Professor Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


·      2005 Annual review of EU/US relations by Professor Seamus O’Cleireacain, Columbia University, New York


·      12 December 2005 American Foreign Policy Priorities and Transatlantic Relations at the end of 2005, Niall O’Dowd, Editor of The Irish Voice in New York


·      27 June 2005 Outcome of the EU-US Summit  H.E. James Kenny, US Ambassador to Ireland


·      09 May 2005 Smart Power in Transatlantic Relations, Joseph Nye, Harvard Professor and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs


·      2004 Annual review of EU/US relations by Professor Seamus O’Cleireacain, Columbia University, New York


·      ‘The United States and the European Union: New Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century’, A Pre-EU-US Summit Symposium, held in coordination with The German Marshall Fund


·      Transatlantic Relations and US Policy Goals for 2004, Beth Jones, US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs


·      The Primacy of the Transatlantic Economy: The Road Ahead for the US and Europe, Joseph Quinlan, Chief Market Strategist, Investment Management Division at Bank of America; Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations in Johns Hopkins University


·      13 October 2004 The Impact of US Foreign Policy on the 2004 Presidential Election, Jerry Hagstrom, National Journal.


·      Book Launch: An Indispensable Partnership: EU/US Relations from an Irish Perspective, launched by Mary Harney, TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and US Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. James C. Kenny


·      12 November 2003 The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship, H.E. Rockwell Schnabel, US Permanent Representative to the EU


·      The Political Aspects of EU/US Relations, Robert Pastor, former member of the National Security Council and Professor at the American University in Washington


·      16 July 2003 The US Administration’s perspective on EU/US relations, Robert A. Bradtke, US Undersecretary of State for European Affairs


·      9 January 2003 Annual review of EU/US relations by Professor Seamus O’Cleireacain, Columbia University, New York


·      From Bad to Worse? European-American Relations in 2002-2003, Lord William Wallace, Professor of International Relations, LSE


·      2002 Annual review of EU/US relations by Professor Seamus O’Cleireacain, Columbia University, New York


·      16 December 2002 Current Trends in US Politics, Charles Cook, Editor of the Cook Political Report

·      11 June 2002 Richard Haass, US Envoy to the Northern Ireland Peace Process


·      21 February 2002 EU/US briefing, Beth Jones, US Assistant Secretary of State


·      18 December 2001 Annual review of EU/US relations by Professor Seamus O’Cleireacain, Columbia University, New York


·      27 October 2000 A US perspective on the WTO negotiations prior to Seattle, Nancy Adams, United States Trade Representative


·      23 March 2000 US group briefing with Stuart Krussell, Executive Director, World Affairs Council, Washington DC


·      10 March 2000 American Perspectives on European Security and Defense, Lisa Bronson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Affairs in the Pentagon


·      Lunch meeting with the US ambassador to Ireland H.E. Mike Sullivan


·      21 December 1999 Annual review of EU/US relations by Professor Seamus O’Clereachain, Columbia University, New York


·      09 November 1999 Members Dinner with Bill McDonough, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York


·      EU-US Trade Briefing with Mr. John Beck, DG1a, European Commission


·      US ambassador to Ireland, Mike Sullivan, met the group to discuss current issues in EU/US relations


·      02 July 1998 Briefing on transatlantic relations with Jim Currie, Director General for Energy and Environment, European Commission

·      Briefing on Third Pillar issues in EU/US relations by Dermot Cole, Irish Department of Justice


·      1998 Annual review of EU/US relations with Professor Seamus O’Cleireacain, Columbia University, New York


·      US Senator Torricelli of the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee took part in an EU/US encounter




·      Growth and Job Flexibility - a US perspective, Carolyn Golding, former Deputy Assistant of the US Department of Labour


·      Conflictive partnership a strategy for real world labour management, John Calhoun Wells, Director of the US Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service


·      Robert Einhorn of the US State Department visited the Institute


·      Roundtable on the WTO meeting in Singapore, with Minister for Tourism and Trade, Enda Kenny T.D.


·      A two day seminar on EU/US relations, entitled: The Transatlantic Economic Agenda, was held with Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Enterprise and Employment, who delivered the keynote address on Deepening Transatlantic Economic Ties


·      Seminar on Ties in a Multilateral World, other participants included, William Primosch, Director, Office of EU and Regional Affairs, US State Department, Eric Hayes, Head of Unit DG I European Commission



·      Richard Gardner, US Ambassador to Spain visited the Institute for an exchange of views on EU/US relations




·      Robert Hunter, US Ambassador to NATO


·      Stewart Eizenstat, US Ambassador to the EU


·      Michael Lekson, US State Department - Irish Desk


·      Meeting with Catherine Day, Sir Leon Britain’s Cabinet, on EU/US relations

·      Meeting with Paul van Son, US desk officer for Ireland




·      Meeting with John Withers, US State Department


·      Meeting with Mrs. Jean Kennedy Smith, US Ambassador to Ireland


·      Meeting with Mark Tokola, US State Department. Meeting with Michael Parnley, Deputy Director US State Department


·      Briefing by US Ambassador Maresca on US Security Policy



President Obama’s first year: Expectations and Results - 27 January 2010


Transatlantic Economic Council - 15 December 2010

EU-US Summit 2010 - 13 December 2010