HIF Joins High-Level Dialogue on CEE-US Relations at Atlantic Council

On May 10, HIF joined an intense half day off-the-record dialogue hosted by the Atlantic Council on “Revitalizing the Atlantic Alliance” involving the Council’s Ambassadorial Advisory Council and key stakeholders shaping US-CEE relations.

Amb. Colleen Bell chairs a session on America’s role on the international stage

The discussions, which focused on America’s strategy towards Europe, were spearheaded by Ambassador Dan Fried, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council,  Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State, Ambassador Kurt Volker United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Department of State and Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership as well as General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

The dialogue’s participants also comprised of several former ambassadors to Europe forming the Atlantic Council’s Ambassadorial Advisory Council, including HIF Chairman and former US Ambassador to Hungary, Ambassador April Foley and Ambassador Colleen Bell, as well as experts from the Washington policy community.

Ambassadors Foley and Bell each chaired panels illuminating strategies of US engagement with Europe and Central Europe and offered constructive ideas on revitalizing US-CEE and US-Hungary relations.

The dialogue was part of the Atlantic Council’s effort to build strong people-to-people connections in the transatlantic space.

This year, HIF has joined forces with the Atlantic Council to bolster US-Central European ties and build stronger people-to-people connections between Americans and Central Europeans by supporting the launch of the Atlanticist Fellowship program, a full-time, in-house residency within the Council for 6 months, focused on policy relevant work.

The first Hungarian fellow supported by the fellowship will be arriving in Washington this summer and become integral staff members of the Atlantic Council’s Europe team thereby increasing US engagement with Central Europe.