Choices: The Transatlantic Relationship
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Choices: The Transatlantic Relationship

For our second week in our Choices Elections Issues Series, we will be joined by Erik Brattberg, Director of the Europe Program and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He will be discussing the Transatlantic Relationship. Honorary Czech Consul and IRC Member Sharon Valášek will moderate the conversation. The program will take place on Tuesday, September 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. CT. All Choices series events will take place digitally on the Zoom platform.

When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
6:30-7:30 p.m. CT
Where: Zoom
United States
Contact: Evan Verploegh

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About the Speaker

Erik Brattberg  is director of the Europe Program and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He is an expert on European politics and security and transatlantic relations. His current research at Carnegie focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward the EU and NATO, transatlantic cooperation in an age of great power competition, European approaches toward AI and disinformation, and Europe’s relations with China and Asia.




About the Moderator
In 2003, Sharon was appointed Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, serving Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. As consul, she works to further economic, political, educational and cultural interests on behalf of the Czech Republic.

Sharon is a past president of the Greater Kansas City chapter of People-to-People International (GKCPTP), past board member of the International Relations Council of Kansas City and a current board member of the International Trade Council of Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Czech & Slovak Club. Additionally, she is a member of Central Exchange, International Visitors Council and the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences.

Sharon is presently a business continuity consultant and project manager with Hewlett Packard (HP). Her work helps business clients protect their information technology infrastructure and improve productivity and results. She holds a master of business administration degree from Avila University, and a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.


The cost of admission is donation-based, with a suggested $20 donation for individual programs, and $100 for access to all 8 Choices Election Series programs. Students and those experiencing financial hardship can are welcome to register for a complimentary ticket.


Program Materials
(Provided by the Bertelsmann Foundation)

Transatlantic Trends 
Edge of a Precipice: Understanding Macron's EU Vision - Video


Global Conversation Sponsor

Gino Serra and


Educational Partner


Supporting Series Sponsor

Nancy C. Messer


About the Choices Election Issues Series
The 2020 presidential election will present the American people with consequential choices around international challenges and the future of U.S. foreign policy. In the eight weeks leading up to November 3, the International Relations Council will offer a series of insightful conversations with notable experts on foreign policy issues relevant to this year’s election and what comes next. Rather than advocate a particular approach or outcome, the nonpartisan  Choices series will serve to inform voters through a presentation of historical context and a detailed examination of the foreign policy platforms of the major-party candidates. We welcome diverse perspectives and encourage the community to join us in meaningful discourse around these issues of global importance.



For series or topic sponsorship information,
please contact Matthew Hughes.