Brussels Forum/2018

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Date8 March 2018 - 10 March 2018
LocationBrussels,  Belgium
ParticipantsDirk Achten, Oren Adaki, Koenraad Adam, Katya Adler, Raumesh Akbari, Hiroyuki Akita, Madeleine Albright, Marc Allen, Henry Alt-Haaker, Abderrahmane Amajou, Youssef Amrani, Niels Annen, Andrus Ansip, Chris Armstrong, Michael Arthu, Ali Aslan, Bogdan Auresc, Dilek Aydin, Whitney Baird, Nick Baird, Rosa Balfour, Eugene Balin, Michal Baranowski, Julian Barnes, David Barnes, Kevin Baron, Jacob Barton, Armando Barucco, Abdelhak Bassou, Philip Bednarczyk, Christoph Beier, Emily Beizer, Abdelkarim Bellafkih, Wesley Bellamy, Thorsten Benner, Lora Berg, Lauren Bernst, Kristine, Ralf Beste, Markus Beyrer, Lisa Biancalana, Courtney Bickert, Carl Bildt, Rana Birden-Corbacioglu, Gretchen Birkle, Michael Birnbaum, Djuro Blanusa, Steven Blockmans, Romina Boarini, Ayoub Bouafia, Thomas Boué, Thomas Bouilly, Alan Bowman, Elmar Brok, Alexis Brouhns, Amanda Brown, Andras Buchler, Kerry Buck, Nikola Burazer, Reinhard Bütikofer, Andreea Calbeaza, Jonathan Capehart, Elisa Castaldo, Elif Cavusl, Peter Chase, Nouzha Chekrouni, Timothy Childress, Godfrey Chimbganda, Vladimir Chizhov, Derek Chollet, Karen Chong, Paraskevi Christofilopoulou, Alena Cierna, Anina Ciuciu, Steve Clemons, Iain Conn, Daniel Costello, Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Scott Cullinane, Michael Curtis, François d'Alançon, Galip Dalay, Christian Danielsson, Roger Dassen, Marta Dassù, Sudha David-Wilp, Roxane De Bilderling, Julia De Clerck-Sachsse, Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, François de Kerchove, Geert De Roep, Nicola de Santis, Suzan DelBene, Gordana Delic, Abigail Denburg, Monica Di Pinti, Bao-Tram Do, Karen Donfried, John Donvan, Nina dos Santos, Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, Kimberly Dozier, William Drozdiak, Colin Dueck, Paul Dujardin, Gwendolyn Dulla, Mikulás Dzurinda, Florian Eder, Lyubomira Efremova, Hicham El Azami, Leonie Eland, Jessica Elledge, Dave Ensberg, Steven Erlanger, Kishwer Falkner of Margravine, J. Lester Feder, Julien Feugier, Mark Fischer, Alisa Flemming, Gavin Flook, Michèle Flournoy, Jamie Fly, Joerg Forbrig, John Frank, Bénédicte Frankinet, Simon Fraser, Roland Freudenstein, Frank Friedman, David Frost, Ralf Fücks, Akiko Fukushima, Kaspars Galkins, Jérémie Gallon, Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Geraldine Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Jānis Garisons, Theodora Gentzis, Kristalina Georgieva, Ansgar Gessner, Sandro Gianella, Andrianos Giannou, Gabriel Glöckler, Rene Gogge, Chadwick Gore, Justyna Gotkowska, Nik Gowing, Heather Grabbe, Camille Grand, Charles Grant, Megan Greene, Daniel Gros, Natalia Sofia Guala Beathyate, Ignasi Guardans, Hector Guerrero, Jeffrey Gullo, Tim Gürtler, John Gutch, Shota Gvineria, Mathias Haerynck, Vivien Haig, Metin Hakverdi, Joseph Hammond, Saida Hamouyehy, Patrick Hanley, John Harris, Allison Hart, Hajime Hayashi, Ryan Heath, Aongus Hegarty, Andrej Heinke, Rolands Heniņš, Markus Heyn, Joan Hoey, Max Hofmann, Corinna Hörst, Edita Hrdá, Tomi Huhtanen, Rutger Huijgens, Abigail Hunter, Alain Hutchinson, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Danjel Hyseni, Bakhtiyor Ibragimov, David Ignatius, Tacan Ildem, Alina Inayeh, Wolfgang Ischinger, David Isenegger, Shada Islam, John Jacobs, Sanae Jamai, Jackson Janes, Igor Janke, Karlijn Jans, Diana Janse, Jake Jones, Sabine Jost-Heil, Tatia Julakidze, Lie Junius, Besiana Kadare, Robert Kagan, Natalia Kaliada, Marina Kaljurand, Riina Kaljurand, Constance Kann, Jonathan Katz, Kristina Kausch, Steven Keil, Laza Kekic, Filiz Keküllüoglu, Thomas Kelly, Axel Kenes, Craig Kennedy, Dania Khatib, Davit Khazhakyan, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Paul King, Julian King, Riina Ruth Kionka, Victor Kipiani, Kristina Klein, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, Kilian Kleinschmidt, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Kazuo Kodama, Jeppe Kofod, Masaharu Kohno, Andrew Kolb, Kornel Koronowski, Bernard Kouchner, Elvira Kovacs, Svitlana Kovalchuk, Stephen Krasner, Péter Krekó, Hanna Kristjansdottir, Varun Krovi, Mike Kuiken, Mikaela Kumlin-Granit, Kathrin Kutlescha, Indira Lakshmanan, Louise Langeby, Wolfgang Langhoff, Angus Lapsley, Owen Larter, Isabelle Lasserre, Gillian Lawie, Brenda Lawrence, Frank Ledwidge, Christian Leffler, Marc Leland, Mark Leonard, Ian Lesser, Pamela Lesser, Bruno Lété, Josh Levs, Reta Jo Lewis, Miriam Lexmann, Thomas Leysen, Sonja Licht, Nicola Lightner, Tod Lindberg, Nancy Lindborg, Gustav Lindstrom, Asllan Llunji, Niombo Lomba, Vivian Loonela, Mohammed Loulichki, Richard Lui, Matthew Lussenhop, Luc Luwel, Paolo Magri, Merle Maigre, Sébastien Maillard, Susanna Makela Sr, Meaghan Malloy, Cecilia Malmstrom, Peter Mandelson, Nvard Margaryan, Giorgi Margvelashvili, Peter Mather, Katarina Mathernova, Gale Mattox, Philippe Maze-Sencier, David McAllister, Erin McCarthy, Gregory Meeks, Patrick Megahan, Maryame Mejdi, Rajan Menon, Giles Merritt, Tarik Mete, Ann Mettler, Eduard Mihalas, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Daniel Milo, John Minas, Antonio Missiroli, Daniel Mitov, Vasilena Mitsiadi, Federica Mogherini, Brian Moran, Mateusz Morawiecki, Frank Morawietz, Aly Motkin, Raouaa Mousadik, S. Hossein Mousavain, Juergen Mueller, Sascha Mueller, L. Daniel Mullaney, Nora Müller, Christopher Murphy, Matthew Murray, Go Myong-Hyun, Selin Nasi, Evita Neefs, Branislav Nesovic, Susan Ness, Robin Niblett, Sophie Nicholson, Gerlinde Niehus, Luuk Nijman, Laurence Norman, Natalie Nougayrède, Niklas Novaky, Bartlomiej Nowak, Tom Nuttall, Elizabeth O'Bagy, Jim O'Brien, Janka Oertel, Jessica Olcott, Cem Özdemir, Soli Özel, Ali Ercan Ozgur, Ana Palacio, Ruslana Panukhnyk, Sokeel Park, William Parker, Scott Pattison, Ferdinand Pavel, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Michel Peetermans, Norma Percy, Morten Petersen, Carine Petit, Veronique Petit, Enrico Petrocelli, Frauke Petry, Katarzyna Pisarska, Tengiz Pkhaladze, Ted Poe, Ines Pohl, Maciej Popowski, Florian Qehaja, Charlotte Rabin, Katherine Rafaniello, Douglas Rediker, Mike Reichert, Morris Reid, Didier Reynders, Megan Richards, Henry Ristuccia, Lilia Rizk, Michael Rogers, Joshua Rogin, Carmen Romero, Laura Rosenberger, Robert Rosenkranz, Norbert Röttgen, Nicolò Russo Perez, Natalie Sabanadze, Jihane Sadiq, Sanaa Saitouli, David Salvo, Andrei Sannikov, Dev Sanyal, Stefan Schäfers, Kori Schake, Bente Aika Scheller, Randall Scheunemann, Karl-Heinz Schlaiss, Helga Schmid, Sebastian Schnitzler, Juri Schnoeller, Magnus Schöldtz, Teri Schultz, Michael Schwarz, Daniela Schwarzer, Antonin Seidel, Taiye Selasi, Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, Arye Shalicar, Andrew Shapiro, Pete Shimer, Esther Silver-Parker, Pazilaiti Simayijiang, Manisha Singh, Arun Singh, Catherine Smith, Nigel Smith, Art Smith, Jeremy Smith, Kara Snesko, Peter Sparding, Claire Spencer, Andris Spruds, Max Stern, Sharon Stirling, Amy Studdart, Maciej Surowiec, Roger Svensson, Zsuzsanna Szelenyi, Bart Szewczyk, Michal Szuldrzynski, Simone Tagliapietra, Kadri Taştan, Shantanu Tata, Rachel Tausendfreund, Jan Techau, Shawna Thomas, Mischa Thompson, Sr, Rebecca Thompson, Richard Tilley, Youssef Tobi, Nathalie Tocci, Mykola Tochytskyi, Ilter Turan, Michael Turner, Jessica Turner, D, Chagai Tzuriel, Özgür Ünlühisarcikli, Robert Uribe, Tomas Valasek, Joao Vale de Almeida, Alfredo Valladão, Anick Van Calster, Franciskus van Daele, Bruno van der Pluym, Anna van Oeveren, Johan Van Regemorter, Piet Vandendriessche, Rik Vanpeteghem, Jean-Luc Vanraes, Johan Verbeke, Magali Verdonck, Adrien Vernimmen, Nicolas Veron, Geert Verstraeten, Vilmārs Vītoliņš, Filip Vojvodic, Kurt Volker, Ines von Behr, Christoph Von Marschall, Manolis Vournous, Celeste Wallander, Charles Wan, Dong Wang, John Wason, Bartosz Weglarczyk, Kenneth Weinstein, Klaus Welle, Jeffrey Werner, J. Robinson West, Lennart Wetzel, Sarah Whitehead, Xenia Wickett, Anna Wieslander, Johannes Winter, Peter Wittig, Sven Witzenhause, Dirk Wouters, Guillaume Xavier-Bender, N, Khadija Zamouri, Dragana Žarković Obradović, Astrid Ziebarth, Robert Zoellick
PerpetratorsGerman Marshall Fund
DescriptionAnnual 3 day spooky get-together of transatlantic politicians, media and military and corporations, under the auspices of the CIA and German Marshall Fund. Discussed the "Fight for Economic Equality".

Participants.[1][2]

Activities

“BRUSSELS – The 13th German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum took place on 8-10 March. As in the previous years, it gathered leaders from government, business, journalism, and academia for discussions of pressing global issues.

One of the key panels of the first day was with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who addressed policymakers from across Europe and the United States. Despite recent controversies between Brussels and the EU, the prime minister struck a conciliatory tone.

“We try to find a common language with our Western European partners, because I truly believe in Europe,” Prime Minister Morawiecki told the BBC’s Katya Adler in a conversation that addressed the controversies between Poland and Brussels.

The conversation came at a time when the trust in the transatlantic relationship has increasingly come into question, with the Trump administration’s recent announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum calling trading relationships within the United States and Europe.

“We believe in trade with the United States. We believe in reciprocity and this is why I say, in case needed, we will protect our interests, but this is not our attitude. Our attitude is to invest in free and fair trade and we see this as beneficial for the European economy and for the US economy,” said Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission.


The theme of GMF’s 2018 Brussels Forum, Revise, Reboot, Rebuild: Strategies for a Time of Distrust, reflects a time where common ground often feels increasingly difficult to find. The conference, which started on International Women’s Day, featured four all woman panels and 38 percent female participation.

“GMF has always been committed to issues of diversity and gender balance,” said Karen Donfried, GMF President. “Women have been making big impact on policy for a long time. If you look at just our agenda today, we have Federica Mogherini, Rose Gottemoeller, Manisha Singh, Ana Gomes, Susan Ness, Michèle Flournoy, just to name some of those headliners. Women are leading today. I don’t know if she’s in the room now, but a trailblazer has been Madeleine Albright, and she will be with us over these next couple of days.”

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller addressed NATO’s transatlantic partnership.

The Deputy Secretary General stressed the importance of the transatlantic bond, noting that troops from North America and Europe currently serve together in NATO’s four battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance, helping to deter aggression. “In the field, on the ground, we see the essence of transatlantic trust,” she said.


She underscored that NATO is focused on transatlantic burden-sharing, and many European Allies have stopped cutting their defence spending, and are stepping up their contributions to Alliance security. On European defence, she stressed the need for complementarity between NATO and EU efforts.

Conversations throughout the day emphasized that despite tensions, there is a need to build trust.

Trade was at the top of the agenda on the second day of GMF’s Brussels Forum. Against the backdrop of a rapidly developing story of potential U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, the day’s first conversation featured Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, and Robert Zoellick, chairman of West Alliance and former World Bank president.

Despite concerns that potential tariffs on steel and aluminum could drive a wedge between Europe and the United States, Malmström highlighted common ground on the issue of overproduction in the steel sector. Tying trade to the conference theme of trust, Malmström said:

“We want to increase the possibilities for us to trade, for our people to meet to harness and shape globalization. To make sure that we get proper jobs, that we get fair trade, sustainable trade, and also because of the title of this meeting is today, how can we regain trust?”

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright also spoke on an entirely different force shaping the world: the refugee crisis. Secretary Albright pointed out the connections between the refugee crisis and other global challenges, saying “Most people don’t want to leave the home where they were born, where they speak the language and have their family. The people who are leaving Africa are being pushed out because of desertification,” said Albright. “We need to recognize the earth is not flat and there is a scientific basis to climate change. I think we need to have short-, medium-, and long-term action plans, because this is the new normal.”

The day’s most spirited conversation came in the form of an Oxford Style debate on the motion “Humanitarian Intervention Does More Harm than Good.”

Arguing for the motion were Frank Ledwidge, senior fellow at the Royal Air Force College and Dr. Rajan Menon, senior research scholar at Columbia University. Arguing against the motion were Dr. Kori Schake, deputy director general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Doctors Without Borders and former French foreign minister. The debate, hosted in partnership with Intelligence Squared U.S., explored many facets of humanitarian and military intervention. While both sides won audience members to their position, as recorded through the conference voting app BFconnect, the team arguing against the motion won a greater proportion of the audience to their side and prevailed.

Other notable speakers on Friday included members of the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament, CEO of The World Bank Kristalina Georgieva, and U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison. Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly, of GMF’s Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD), presented Hamilton 68’s methodology, the dashboard that tracks Russian disinformation. The conference will conclude Saturday with sessions featuring Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, a discussion on resolving the North Korean threat, and a conversation with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.


Senator Chris Murphy and Norbert Röttgen, head of the German Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee, kicked off the final day of GMF’s Brussels Forum. In a conversation that touched on hot button issues from gun control in the United States to the threat posed by North Korea to rapid social change on both sides of the Atlantic, both Murphy and Röttgen expressed commitment to partnership between the United States and Europe. “We have to broaden the conversation. We have to build a kind of political approach among parliamentarians and businesspeople for this rational, liberal approach to foreign policy,” said Röttgen.

Murphy expressed a hope that that collaboration between Europe and the United States will continue, even on difficult issues such as trade and climate change.

“I think we can do some work, behind the scenes, in an inter-parliamentary manner,” said Murphy. “There are solutions that can still be there.””
 (2018-03-15)  [3]

 

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Known Participants

39 of the 480 of the participants already have pages here:

ParticipantDescription
Madeleine AlbrightRuthless politician, acquired and beloved by everyone named Clinton in the 1990s. Hero of Kosovo. Most powerful woman of all time according to ISGP's superclass index. When asked about half a million dead Iraqi children because of the sanctions she enforced, she replied "We think the price is worth it."
Ali AslanSpooky journalist, Georgetown University, many deep state ties
Carl BildtSwedish deep politician and serial Bilderberger
Elmar Broklobbyist and European parliament politician
Reinhard BütikoferGerman politician, regular at the Brussels Forum, also attends WEF AGMs
Marta DassùDeep state connected general director of the international activities of Aspen Institute Italy. NATO, Trilateral Commission, European Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies...
Karen DonfriedUS spook, German Marshall Fund President 2014-2021
Simon FraserFormer UK Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. Deputy Chairman of Chatham House.
David FrostBritish adviser and politician
Ralf FücksGerman politician married to Marieluise Beck of the German cluster of the Integrity Initiative
Kristalina GeorgievaBilderberg World Bank
Nik GowingUK Deep state connected TV journalist
Kay Bailey HutchisonAs ambassador to NATO said US prepared to consider a military strike to destroy Russian missiles.
David IgnatiusAttender of spooky "security" conferences
Wolfgang IschingerSpooky German diplomat. Chaired the Munich Security Conference
Craig Kennedypresident of the German Marshall Fund in the period 1996-2014
Mikhail KhodorkovskyRussian billionaire who feuded with Vladimir Putin. Set up the Future Of Russia Foundation.
Julian KingBritish diplomat and civil servant who was European Commissioner for the Security Union from 2016 to 2019.
Silvana Koch-MehrinWEF/Young Global Leaders 2005. Promising euro-politician from the German FDP until revelations that she had plagiarized large parts of her doctoral thesis.
Bernard KouchnerBilderberg French politician, 3 times French Health minister, founded Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde, attended 2005 pandemic planning exercise Atlantic Storm
Thomas LeysenBilderberg Steering Committee Member. Trilateral Commission.
Mohammed LoulichkiMoroccan diplomat who as Vice-Chair of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee met with Tony Blair to hear about "countering violent extremism through education"
Peter MandelsonSupranational deep state operative. Bilderberg, TLC, Ditchley etc.
Christoph von MarschallTranatlantic German journalist
Federica MogheriniItalian politician, WEF
Mateusz Morawiecki
Robin NiblettChatham House Director/Chief executive from 2007-2022...
Natalie NougayrèdeBritish journalist who was exposed as working for the Integrity Initiative. Her reporting is replete with topics of importance to the UK deep state.
Ana PalacioSpanish politician
Didier ReyndersBelgian FM/European Commissioner for Justice accused of corruption
Norbert RöttgenBilderberg German politician who blamed people who declined vaccines for a divided society
Kori SchakeSpooky US think-tanker
Kurt VolkerUS deep state operative, US Permanent Representative to NATO
Celeste WallanderUS deep state operative
Kenneth WeinsteinPresident and CEO of the deep state think tank Hudson Institute until 2020. Also member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which manages the CIA's open media channels.
Peter WittigGerman diplomat who has been UN rep, US and then UK ambassadors
Robert ZoellickWorld Bank president, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Multiple deep state connections
Cem ÖzdemirGerman Green war-loving politician who experienced rocket career after being taken under the wings of transatlantic influence networks.
Soli ÖzelQuad Bilderberger journalist and academic
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