Brussels Forum: A Look Back at 2012
Alongside the 2012 Brussels Forum, GMF continued to expand its effort to connect with young, emerging leaders and provide a platform for their voices in the foreign policy community. This included the launch of the Asmus Policy Entrepreneurs Fellowship, a small group of U.S. and EU citizens under the age of 40 who utilize existing GMF activities and networks to advance foreign or economic policy questions and alternatives. Three inaugural fellows — Nora Fisher Onar, Merle Maigre, and Mark Simakovsky — were announced at the forum.
John Schellhase (United States) and Thomas Gietzen (Germany) took home the 2012 Young Writers Award for their essay on the future of the transatlantic relationship, “Rebuilding Together: The Renewal of Transatlantic Leadership in the Global Economy.” This award is open to all North American and European students and young professionals under the age of 33. The competition is an opportunity to demonstrate innovative thinking on issues that shape tomorrow’s transatlantic agenda.
The Young Professionals Summit (YPS) convened for its third year to connect young, emerging leaders with established global figures. YPS, a joint initiative by the Young Transatlantic Network of GMF and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, is an opportunity for 70 young professionals to meet leading figures in global politics and discuss the pressing issues on the transatlantic agenda. The Summit provides a platform for a younger generation from European and U.S. institutions, media, the business sector, NGOs, think tanks, and NATO to address solutions to transatlantic policy challenges. High-level conversations at the Summit featured Robert Zoellick, then-president of the World Bank; Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the U.K.; and Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, among others.