On 21 November 2019, the second joint College of Europe and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy alumni event took place in Brussels. The event was organized in the framework of the joint College of Europe-Fletcher School Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA), and in cooperation with the Alumni Association of the College of Europe and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).
In the framework of the event, a panel discussion "At a crossroads? EU-U.S. relations 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall" with high-level speakers took place, followed by a networking reception attended by alumni of both institutions as well as first- and second-year students of the MATA programme.
The participants were welcomed by Michaela ŠIMÁKOVÁ, President of the College of Europe Alumni Association, Simon SCHUNZ, Academic Coordinator of Transatlantic Affairs Programme at the College of Europe, Rachel KYTE, Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University (via a recorded video message) and Rachel TAUSENDFREUND, Editorial Director at the GMF Berlin office, who presented the publication "Reassessing 1989: Lessons for the Future of Democracy".
Ian LESSER, Vice President at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), moderated the panel. Benedetta BERTI, Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO, David O’SULLIVAN, former Ambassador of the European Union to the United States (2014-2019) and Mark W. LIBBY, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, took part in the panel discussion. The discussion took place under the Chatham House Rule.