12 December 2007 - US HOUSE SPEAKER PELOSI GREETS RECORD NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AT PARLIAMENTARY TRANSATLANTIC FORUM IN WASHINGTON DC
The seventh and largest annual Parliamentary Transatlantic Forum concluded in Washington DC on Tuesday 11 December. This Forum – jointly organized by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the National Defense University (NDU) and the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS) – enables Alliance parliamentarians to hold off-the-record meetings with leading members of the Washington-based policy community.
Over 80 parliamentarians from more than twenty five NATO and partner nations participated in this year’s event which included addresses by over a dozen policy specialists on topics such as the forthcoming Bucharest Summit, the debate about the need for a new Strategic Concept, developments in Russia, Missile Defence, and the situation in the Middle East.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, addressed the meeting and – recalling her time as a member of the Assembly - stressed the key role the Assembly plays for discussion of security issues.
Government speakers included Dan Fata, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy, and Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III, Director, Missile Defense Agency.
The meeting was concluded with an address by General James L. Jones, USMC (ret.), Chairman, Atlantic Council Board of Directors, who was recently appointed as special envoy to deal with security issues in talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators.