Do you want to become a global leader or policy maker? Then learn first-hand what it’s all about from today’s leaders and policy makers.
The European Union in Action Program features guest speakers who are actively involved in making, shaping, and influencing the policy process. In Brussels, the program visits the European Union institutions where officials discuss how these institutions really work from the inside. Likewise at NATO we learn from officials and senior military officers about how the alliance forges consensus among its members to grapple with today’s security challenges. On this program, you rub shoulders with Ambassadors, government officials, journalists, and lobbyists as you learn the ropes of the policy process in Brussels. Guest speakers are also what the field trips are ultimately all about, as you meet with representatives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the EU, NATO, and other international organizations to see foreign policy in action.
Although the guest speakers who talk to students in the program vary widely from semester to semester, here are some examples of policy makers who have met with previous groups of students to give you a taste of what to expect:
The Honorable Denise Bauer, United States Ambassador to Belgium
Ambassador Bruce Berton, Deputy High Representative of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Mr. Wayne Bush, Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Executive Management
Ms. Vlora Citaku, Kosovar Minister for European Integration
Her Excellency Emine Çolak, Turkish Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Phillipe De Backer, Member of the European Parliament
Mr. Marko Djuric, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Republic of Serbia
Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Emerging Challenges
Mr. James Elles, Member of the European Parliament
Mr. Malik Ellahi, Head of Political Affairs, OPCW
Ms. Christina Gallach, Head of Public Relations, Council of the EU
General David R. Hogg, US Military Representative to NATO
Ambasssador Marina Jovicevic, Serbian Assistant Minister for European Integration
President Koen Lenaerts, European Court of Justice
Ambassador Milivoje Jurišić, Secretary of Montenegro’s Negotiating Group to the EU
Mr. Jeremy Moakes, Communications Officer, Council of Europe
Mr. Jens Nymand-Christenson, Deputy Director General, European Commission
Dr. Mihaela Osorio, Political Advisor to EUSR, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Her Excellency Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the EU
Mr. John Sammis, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Mission to the European Union
Ms. Magdelena Spalinska, Press Spokesperson, ICTY
Mr. Arian Spasse, Director of the EU Directorate, Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Peter Stastny, Member of the European Parliament
Mr. Louis Telemachou, Deputy Director of EU Affairs, Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Joannes Thuy, Press Spokesperson, Eurojust
Mr. Johannes Viereck, Head of Political and Military Section, OHR Bosnia-Herzegovina
Being able to visit the European institutions that we are learning about in the classroom is incredible, and I would not change that for the world.
AU Brussels students visit with an ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Serbia.
I would recommend this program because of the amazing opportunities to hear from incredible people and learn a lot about Europe and policy.