On April 11, 2019, the Association of Marshall Scholars hosted the third consecutive Marshall Forum. The event brought together industry executives and CEOs with diplomats, government dignitaries, Marshall Scholars, and experts, to further US-UK ties and understanding. Previous programs have focused on the Legacy of the Marshall Plan (featuring Dr. Madeleine Albright, Minister Bert Koenders, Congresswoman Jane Harman, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Neil Gorsuch, at Harvard University) and on Innovation (with Reid Homan, Nancy Lublin, and others, at Stanford University).
This half-day executive dialog took place at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on the sidelines of the annual International Monetary Fund’s Washington DC convening.
The program kicked-off with an introduction by new AMS Board President, Meena Seshamani (’99), and vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Thomas Carothers (’78). Both spoke to the continued importance of programs convened in the spirit of transatlantic collaboration, such as the Marshall Scholarship, and the AMS’ role as a steward of The Marshall Plan’s 70-year legacy.
An esteemed panel on international trade included Governor Mark Carney (Bank of England), Ambassador Michael Froman (Mastercard, Obama US Trade Representative), Ambassador Carla Hills (Hills & Company, Bush US Trade Representative), Bob Kyle (’77, Clinton’s Special Assistant to the President for International Trade & Finance), Daniel Price (Bush Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs) along with moderator Heather Long, Economics Correspondent at the Washington Post.
In the afternoon, Economic Editor for The Economist, Henry Curr, led a discussion on global markets with panelists Afsaneh Beschloss (RockCreek), Mark Shafir (’79, Citigroup), David Golub (’83, Golub Capital), and Ambassador Isobel Coleman (’87, Give Directly).
The AMS was pleased to welcome General Paul Nakasone (commander of United States Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency). The General was introduced by his daughter, Sarah Nakasone, a 2019 Marshall Scholar leaving for her studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine this fall. After the General’s keynote speech on Peace, Security & Transatlantic Ties, he was joined by National Security Reporter for the Washington Post, Paul Sonne (’07).
The event concluded with a closing conversation between Her Majesty’s Ambassador from the United Kingdom to the United States, Kim Darroch; President of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ambassador Bill Burns (’78); and Dr. Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund.
The 2019 Marshall Forum received widespread international press coverage including in The Financial Times, Telegraph of London, Bloomberg, Reuters, The New York Times, and Politico, among others.