For our third “Across the Pond, In the Field” trip, CNAS traveled down south to Tampa, Florida on Thursday, March 15, and Friday March 16. We brought the Honorable Michèle Flournoy, co-founder and managing director of WestExec Advisors and former undersecretary of defense for policy; The Rt. Honorable David Miliband, former UK foreign secretary, and president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee; his Excellency Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States; and Ambassador Toria Nuland, CEO of CNAS and former assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Our first event in Tampa – “A World in Disarray: Prospects and Challenges for Transatlantic Cooperation” – was a public event which took place on Thursday, March 15th at 7pm at the Robert W. Saunders Public Library. The University of Tampa’s Department of Political Science co-hosted. This event featured a panel discussion with our visitors, as well as an audience Q&A, and a chance to meet and mingle with the panelists over coffee after the event. The conversation touched on numerous issues, including China’s growing role in the world, cyber security, preserving the Iran deal, and where US-Russia relations are heading.
On Friday, March 16th, the team took part in a lunch discussion hosted by the World Trade Center, Tampa Bay Area. The discussion centered around the US-European trade relationship, with a special focus on Florida, but also touched on broader issues relevant to the transatlantic relationship such as national security and the effect of the recent tariffs announced by the Trump administration. Later in the afternoon, the CNAS team met with the Mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn. With Mayor Buckhorn, the team spent time learning more about Tampa’s economy and the benefits of free trade. We also discussed last year’s devastating Hurricane, climate, and the political impact of the inflow of Puerto Rican’s and broader immigration issues in general.
Ambassador Victoria Nuland is Chief Executive Officer at the Center for a New American Security. She is also a Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group, and a Brady-Johnson distinguished practitioner in the Grand Strategy Program at Yale University.
Michèle Flournoy is CEO of WestExec and is the former CEO of CNAS, an organization she co-founded. She serves on the CNAS Board of Directors.
Peter Wittig has served as German Ambassador to the United States since April 2014. Prior to this, he was German Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and represented Germany during its tenure as a member of the UN Security Council in 2011 and 2012.
David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he oversees the agency’s humanitarian relief operations in more than 40 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in 28 United States cities.