The Power and Potential of the U.S.–European Relationship Featuring Budapest, Berlin, and a Danube River Cruise Aboard the Crystal Mahler.

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 Parliament Building, Budapest, along the Danube  Lovely Durnstein on the Danube at night  The Wachau Valley of the Danube, a World Heritage site, Austria  The beautiful Strauss memorial in Vienna  The Reichstag, Parliament Building, Berlin  The striking contemporary glass dome of Berlin's Reichstag

Global Symposium

The Power and Potential of the U.S.–European Relationship

12 days from $14,990

The Power and Potential of the U.S.–European Relationship Featuring Budapest, Berlin, and a Danube River Cruise Aboard the Crystal Mahler.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Sep 5 - 16, 2020 Departure
Tim Blanning

Tim Blanning

Tim is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge. A Fellow of the British Academy since 1990, Tim has published extensively on the political and cultural history of Europe in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Among his publications are The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture (2002), The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 (2007), The Triumph of Music (2008) and The Romantic  Revolution (2010).  Tim's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hungarian, German, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian and Arabic. His most recent book is a best-selling and prize-winning biography of Frederick the Great King of Prussia, published by Penguin/Random House. For his current project on the exciting if notorious Augustus ‘the Strong’ of Saxony and Poland he has expanded his area of expertise to include the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe.

Sep 5 - 16, 2020 Departure
David Cameron

David Cameron

David Cameron served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 2010 to 2016, leading Britain’s first Coalition Government in nearly 70 years and forming the first majority Conservative Government in the UK for over two decades. Cameron came to power at a moment of economic crisis and with an unprecedented fiscal challenge. Under his leadership, the UK’s economy was transformed. The deficit was reduced by over two-thirds; one million businesses were set up; and a record number of jobs were created. That created the stability Cameron needed to cut taxes, introduce a National Living Wage, transform education, reform welfare, protect the National Health Service, and increase pensions. Cameron promoted social justice, advanced the green agenda, decreased carbon emissions, and set protecting the NHS as a top priority. Internationally, Cameron developed a foreign policy in the post-Iraq era that addressed the new challenges of the Arab Spring, as well as a more aggressive Russia, while ensuring that Britain played a full role in the global fight against ISIS. He championed sustainable development and ensured that the UK played a leading role in the successful Paris Agreement on climate change. Cameron argued that Britain was stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union, but after the British people voted to leave the EU in 2016, Cameron resigned as Prime Minister and later stood down from Parliament. Since leaving 10 Downing Street, he has continued focusing on issues he advanced while in office: supporting life chances for young people and building a bigger, stronger society; championing Britain’s cutting edge medical research, and promoting international development. He chairs the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development; sits on the Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations; and advises international businesses—all concentrating on innovative technology-driven sectors: Fin-Tech, Medi-Tech and AI.

Sep 5 - 16, 2020 Departure
Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. A culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field, and for all of us in our everyday lives.

Goodwin’s career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when as a 24-year-old graduate student at Harvard she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Goodwin worked with President Lyndon Johnson in the White House and later assisted him in the writing of his memoirs. She then wrote Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, which became a national bestseller and achieved critical acclaim. It was re-released in Spring 2019, with a new foreword highlighting LBJ’s accomplishments in domestic affairs that have stood the test of time.

Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys was adapted into an award-winning five-part television miniseries. Her memoir Wait Till Next Year is the heartwarming story of growing up loving her family and baseball. Her sixth book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, won the Carnegie Medal and is being developed into a film.

Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s hit film Lincoln and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History, and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is frequently seen in documentaries including Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; and on news and cable networks, and shows including Meet The Press and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She played herself as a teacher on The Simpsons, a historian on American Horror Story and was hailed as a “national treasure” in the new film “Late Night” starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling.

Goodwin recently founded Pastimes Productions with Beth Laski to develop and produce film, television and digital projects. Goodwin was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room in 1979 and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.

Sep 5 - 16, 2020 Departure
Jan-Werner Müller

Jan-Werner Müller

Study Leader for Princeton Journeys, is professor of politics at Princeton University. He is the author of many books, including What is Populism? Müller’s public affairs commentary has appeared in the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, the Guardian, and the New York Times. He has been a visiting fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute of Advanced Study, Collegium Helsinki; the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna; the Remarque Institute, NYU; the Center for European Studies, Harvard; and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence. Müller co-foundered Germany’s first private, English-speaking liberal arts college, for which he served as founding research director.

Sep 5 - 16, 2020 Departure
Elizabeth  Sherwood-Randall

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall is a Distinguished Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy serving as its CEO for missions in nuclear deterrence and global proliferation prevention, science and energy, environmental management, and emergency response and power grid security. Dr. Sherwood-Randall served as Special Assistant to the President in the Clinton and Obama administrations, leading denuclearization efforts and the interagency policy development and implementation process on 49 countries in Europe, NATO, the EU, and the OSCE. A Rhodes Scholar, she is the author of Allies in Crisis: Meeting Global Challenges to Western Security.

Sep 5 - 16, 2020 Departure
Craig Snyder

Craig Snyder

Craig Snyder is president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and was a former Chief of Staff to Senator Arlen Specter, while the senator chaired the Intelligence Committee. Craig made numerous visits to the Middle East during those years and held a top-secret clearance, permitting him to be involved in private discussions with Middle East leaders and official United States efforts. Snyder has led study tours to Iran, Cuba, the Baltic Sea region, Tunisia, Israel, and in 2018, to Poland and Moscow. He is the executive producer of the Council’s new public television series, “The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower.”

Note on Global Symposium Experts: Sabine Christiansen will give a guest lecture in Berlin on September 14 and will not accompany other elements of the program; Jan-Werner Muller will accompany the group September 14-15 only in Berlin; Smithsonian Journeys Expert Tim Blanning and the other Distinguished Speakers will accompany our group for the entirety of the program.