On Monday, 21 September, the European Peace & Security Studies (EPSS) lecture series Fall 2015 started with ‘Whither EU-US Relations’ by Fernando Andresen Guimarães of the European External Action Service (EEAS).
Dr. Guimarães opened the lecture with a brief summary of the current relationship between the US and the EU touching on the new TTIP proposal currently underway which could either serve ‘break down barriers’ or intensify the ‘axis of competition and cooperation.’ He highlighted that due to the increasing number of international security threats as well as rapid globalization, the EU and the US have shared interests that create opportunities for renewed, and a more inclusive relationship. Other topics which featured due to their interconnected nature include the EU’s policy towards Ukraine and Russia, the development of a more effective energy union, the current migration situation, and the crises in Libya, Iraq, and Syria.
The lecture was followed by a Q&A session and a light reception.
Fernando Andresen Guimarães has served in the European External Action Service since its inception and is currently Head of the Russia Division. From October 2011 to August 2015, he was the Head of the EEAS United States and Canada Division. Prior to that, he was the EEAS advisor for multilateral relations. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the European Commission. He also served previously in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and with the Portuguese Foreign Service at the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York) from 1992 to 2003. He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1992). His book, The Origins of the Angolan Civil War, was published by Palgrave in 1998.