BPC and WES: Joint June Happy Hour
+++ Join the Bulgarian Professionals Club (BPC) and the Washington European Society (WES) on Tuesday June 25th for our joint June Happy Hour at James Hoban’s Irish Bar. +++
Come catch up with old friends and meet new professionals at our monthly social happy hour. As usual, do not hesitate to bring colleagues and friends!
++ Please register through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bpc-and-wes-joint-june-happy-hour-tickets-63432050972 ++
We will be enjoying happy hour specials at the James Hoban’s bar at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!
Eplo-Wes: Post 2019 European Election reception
Wednesday May 29th, at the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC (2175 K St NW, Washington, DC 20037 – Please use the entrance on 22nd street) – 6pm-8pm.
The European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC (EPLO) and the Washington European Society (WES) are pleased to invite you to a 2019 Post-European Election reception with Erik Brattberg, Director and Fellow of the Europe Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The event will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday May 29th, at the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC (2175 K St NW, Washington, DC 20037 – Please use the entrance on 22nd street).
Please register on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eplo-wes-post-2019-european-election-reception-tickets-62023557129?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR34Lrp3wFIPhYvJHopxcTjPfWHT8nwSpHM4SYFJiN2vQeMCjJZBcpw5wPQ
Next to free drinks and the excellent networking and socializing opportunities, you will have the chance to learn more from our expert speakers about the results of the European Parliamentary elections and its impact on the political landscape in the European Parliament. This reception is the closing event of a series of EPLO-WES events that were programmed around the European Parliamentary elections.
We hosts this event as an informal Happy Hour reception where the added value to our members is to have a direct conversation our expert speakers. Drinks will be provided. Join us and spread the word.
Places available on a first-come, first-served basis, and name registration is compulsory for security reasons. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday May 29th at 6pm at EPLO 2175 K St NW.)!
Please register on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eplo-wes-post-2019-european-election-reception-tickets-62023557129?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR34Lrp3wFIPhYvJHopxcTjPfWHT8nwSpHM4SYFJiN2vQeMCjJZBcpw5wPQ
More info about our expert speaker:
Erik Brattberg is director of the Europe Program and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He is an expert on European politics and security and transatlantic relations. His current research at Carnegie focuses on the Trump administration’s policies toward the EU and NATO, transatlantic cooperation in an age of great power competition, and Europe’s relations with China and Asia.
He joined Carnegie from the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, where he was the director for special projects and a senior fellow. Brattberg was previously the 2014 Ron Asmus Policy Entrepreneur Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, adjunct senior fellow at Center for a New American Security, visiting Fulbright fellow at Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, visiting fellow at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, consulting researcher at SIPRI and European Council on Foreign Relations, and a research associate at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He also has work experience from the Folke Bernadotte Academy and Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York. (https://carnegieendowment.org/experts/1342)
Spotlight series: Ireland + passing EU legislation
Thursday – May 23th at 6:30pm at Emissary (DuPont).
We are excited to announce the fourth event of our running Spotlight series on Thursday May 23th, where WES taps into a unique resource: YOU!
This spotlight event will provide you with an understanding of the culture and politics of Ireland and uniquely, this time we have a member who will provide insight on how the EU legislation is passed through the use of a board-game!
We will meet on Thursday (05/23) at 6:30pm at Emissary. Following the curated stories from our speakers, we will have a regular WES happy hour. We hope to see you all there!
We have reserved space at the Emissary for up to 11 people, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please, register at the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spotlight-series-ireland-passing-eu-legislation-tickets-61887723848?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR1eodL7HGtkY56aldg9uEkheXhxUbNSVJ6lH59zoTjPW9PuuSmZBaWhrbk
AI & Tech: Policy and Public Opinion
Tuesday, April 30 at 6pm at 600 H St. SE WeWork: The Apollo
We are pleased to invite the members of the Washington European Society(WES) and the Young Professionals in International Affairs (YPIA) to a discussion-evening with Jeffrey Brown, Manager of Future of Work & Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Bertelsmann Foundation, and Aaron Smith, Associate Director of Research on Internet and Technology Issues at Pew Research Centre on Tuesday April 30th at 6pm at @WeWork — The Apollo.
++++ The content of the event will be twofold: on one hand, we will discuss the implications of AI, technological innovations, and the impact of the future of work; on the other hand, we will discuss the public knowledge of upcoming changes related to AI, automation, and technological innovation. ++++
We hosts this event as a debate-oriented evening discussion where we want to focus on the relevance and quality of the debate (we have 20-25 seats available). The added value for our members is to have a direct conversation with our experts in an informal setting. As we have 20-25 seats available, please reserve a spot through Eventbrite (the password is “automation”). We ask our members to be sure of their attendance before reserving a spot as seats are limited!
As usual, after our discussion we will head out to a bar for after-discussion drinks!
We look forward to seeing you all Tuesday April 30th at 6pm at @WeWork — The Apollo.
More information about our experts speakers:
Aaron Smith: Aaron Smith is associate director of research on internet and technology issues at Pew Research Center. Much of his recent research focuses on the impact of technology on workforce and economic issues, Americans’ attitudes towards the sharing and gig economy, and the potential impact of advancements in workforce automation. He has also conducted studies examining the impact of the digital divide and the growing role of mobile devices in Americans’ digital access habits, the importance of technology to special populations such as older adults, and the role of digital platforms in connecting Americans to political and civic information. He has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin. Smith has testified before Congress and conducts regular briefings and media interviews on the Center’s technology research.
Jeffrey Brown: Jeffrey joined the Bertelsmann Foundation in August 2015. In his current role, he manages the Foundation’s project streams on the future of work and artificial intelligence. Jeffrey’s research activities include the geopolitical and workforce implications of artificial intelligence and the impact of the future of work on cities and regions in the United States and European Union. Jeffrey obtained his master’s degree in political science and European studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he participated in the TransAtlantic Masters program. While studying at UNC-CH and Sciences Po Paris, he completed an internship with the U.S. Department of State in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he analyzed political developments in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and implementation of Georgia’s free trade agreement with the European Union. Jeffrey also completed internships with the U.S. Commercial Service in Paris and Lisbon.
Joint April Happy Hour: WES and YPFP Europe DG
Tuesday, April 16 at 6pm at Sauf Haus in DuPont area
The Washington European Societyy (WES) and the YPFP Europe Discussion/Working Group invite you to attend a happy hour for all interested transatlantic relations and European affairs on Tuesday, April 16 at 6pm at Sauf Haus in DuPont area. Join us for casual socializing and professional networking!
Please ask for “Europe Happy Hour” to locate the group.
If you’d like to find out more information about the YPFP Europe Discussion Group, please contact Jon Meza (jonathan.meza@ypfp,org) and Deniz Houston (email@example.com).
Drink like a Viking: WES and YPIA HH with a Nordic taste
Tuesday April 11 at 6pm at Mikko’s Nordic cafe – 1636 R St. NW.
We are pleased to invite the members of the Washington European Society (WES) and the Young Professionals in International Affairs (YPIA) to a Nordic HH on Tuesday April 11 at 6pm at Mikko’s Scandinavian cafe.
Join WES and YPIA and try Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Icelandic food and drink specialities at Mikko’s indoor cafe and outdoor patio!
Come catch up with old friends, share ideas, meet young professionals, and mingle with the members of WES and YPIA. As usual, do not hesitate to bring your colleagues and friends for this Nordic experience! We will be enjoying happy hour specials starting at 5pm.
We look forward to seeing you all on April 11th.
More info on Mikko’s Nordic food & drinks: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/dc-gets-a-welcome-taste-of-nordic-food-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-ikea/2018/07/12/4f806a6e-8146-11e8-b9a5-7e1c013f8c33_story.html?utm_term=.acc66805c7d9
Happy Hour with the DC French Conversation Group
Tuesday March 12 at 7.15pm @Local 16
Join us for a happy hour with DC’s French Conversation group at Local 16 (1602 U Street) at 7:15pm.
Practice your French (all levels, including no level at all) or use this as an opportunity to expand your network of European friends!
This is a great opportunity to get to know this group and to connect if you are interested in joining their weekly events.
Exclusive Evening: Should the Spitzenkandidat lead the EU?
Tuesday March 5th at 6pm @To be announced to selected members (Georgewtown)
We are pleased to invite the members of the Washington European Society to an informal discussion-evening with Professor Desmond Dinan, Professor of Public Policy and ad personam Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy at George Mason University, and Joseph Dunne, Director in the Directorate General for European Parliamentary Research Service and visiting Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University on Tuesday March 5th at 6pm.
++++ WES hosts this event as a small-scale debate-oriented evening-discussion where we wants to focus on the relevance and quality of the debate. We therefore have limited seats (10-15 seats) available and would like to invite our members to reach out personally to WES if they wish to participate in the discussion. The added value for our members is to have a direct conversation with our experts in an informal setting. ++++
Through this evening-discussion WES would like to familiarise our members with the EU commission’s Spitzenkandidat procedure and discuss its relevance and implications with regard to the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in May 2019.
Professor Desmond Dinan and EP Joseph Dunne will give an introduction and overview of the Spitzenkandidat process and share their thoughts on the topic. After 20-30min of discussion, we will directly transition into a more informal conversation where our members can continue the debate and contribute to the discussion by asking their own personal questions to Professor Desmond Dinan and EP Joseph Dunne.
This is a small-scale debate-oriented event where WES wants to focus on the quality of the debate. As seats are limited, we ask our members to send us a personal message, (through our facebook page: Washington European Society) with a sample of questions around the concept of the Spitzenkandidat. The exact location in Georgetown will be shared with those whose attendance is confirmed by WES.
We look forward to hearing from all of you!
Introduction of our speakers:
Desmond Dinan is Professor of Public Policy and holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy at George Mason University. He has been an adviser to the European Commission in Brussels and a Visiting Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations, The Hague. He was a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges campus (1998-2000) and the College of Europe, Natolin campus (2005-2008). His research interests include the historiography of European integration; the history of the European Union (EU); institutions and governance of the EU; enlargement of the EU; regional integration in the context of globalization; and prospects for global governance.
Joseph Dunne is currently a Senior Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC and a Visiting Fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Joseph is a Director in the Directorate General for European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS). He was previously Head of Secretariat for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and Deputy Chef de Cabinet for EP President Pat Cox. Before the Parliament, Joseph Dunne served in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
Information about the Spitzenkandidaten process:
The nomination of the President of the European Commission was firmly in the hands of national governments, with the influence of the European Parliament (EP) initially non-existent and later only limited. However, inspired by the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, in the run-up to the 2014 European elections, the Parliament announced that ‘this time, it’s different’: by voting in European elections, European citizens would not only elect the Parliament itself, but also have a say over who would head the EU executive – the European Commission. What became known as the ‘Spitzenkandidaten process’ is a procedure whereby European political parties, ahead of European elections, appoint lead candidates for the role of Commission President, with the presidency of the Commission then going to the candidate of the political party capable of marshalling sufficient parliamentary support.
Joint February Happy Hour: WES and YPFP Europe DG
Tuesday February 26th at 6pm @ Blackfinn Ameripub – DC
Come catch up with old friends, share ideas, and meet new professionals at our social joint happy hour. As usual, do not hesitate to bring your colleagues and friends! We will be enjoying happy hour specials at Blackfinn starting at 6pm.
We look forward to seeing you all on February 26!
Social Spotlight on France, Greece and Germany
19 February 2019 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Emissary – 2032 P ST NW, Washington D.C. 20036
We are excited to announce the third event of our running Spotlight series, which will take place this coming Tuesday, February 19th!
This evening will provide you with a unique understanding of different cultures through exploring the art scene in France and the U.S., and presenting you with fun anecdotes on Greece, Bavaria and Franconia. To get these vibrant insights, WES taps into a unique resource: YOU. Come join our WES friends from France, Greece and Germany who will give a 10-15-minute pitch. If you’ve always wanted to travel to these places or wanted to know where their authentic cuisine in DC really is, this is your chance to ask our great speakers.
We will meet on Tuesday (2/19) at 6:30pm at Emissary. Following the curated stories from our speakers, we will have a happy hour.
We hope to see you there!
We have reserved space at the Emissary for up to 11 people, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please, register at the Eventbrite link below.
EPLO & WES European Election 2019 Happy Hour
31 January 2019 – 6pm – 8pm
the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC (2175 K St NW)
The European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC (EPLO) and the Washington European Society (WES) are pleased to invite you to our 2019 kick-off European Election Happy Hour. The event will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, January 31st, at the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC (2175 K St NW, Washington, DC 20037 – Please use the entrance on 22nd street). You will find the Eventbrite password at the end of this description.
Next to free drinks and the excellent networking and socializing opportunities that you are already used to from previous WES happy hours, you will also have the chance to learn more about a very important event coming up in 2019: the European elections taking place all across Europe on May 23rd-26th.
The European Parliament Liaison Office facilitates the development and strengthening of relations between the US Congress and the European Parliament on issues calling for transatlantic legislative and political cooperation. Further, EPLO identifies and communicates on issues of transatlantic and European interest for both European and US audiences. In the coming weeks EPLO will be reaching out to EU citizens living in the US to inform them that many of them can vote and have a say in shaping Europe even while living far away from home. This kick-off happy hour is the beginning of a series of EPLO-WES events aimed at mobilizing Europeans living in the DC area. US friends are of course invited to join as well.
Attendees can expect to learn more about the election itself, the election process, and how to cast your vote as a European expat living in the US. Drinks will be provided.
Join us, get a free ticket on Eventbrite (the password is “election”), and spread the word. Places available on a first-come, first-served basis, and name registration is compulsory for security reasons: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eplo-wes-european-election-2019-happy-hour-tickets-55118355485. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Breaking the Union Apart: Populists, Separatists and the Future of Democracy in the EU
13 December 2018 – 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
District House, 2121 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052.
The Washington European Society and European Horizons at The George Washington University are pleased to invite you to an evening discussion with Professor Argelia Queralt from the University of Barcelona on the rise of populisms and separatist movements within the European Union.
Populism is on the rise in Europe and in the world. Brexit, anti-establishment politicians governing in Italy and elsewhere, and the rise of a far-right party in Germany are all symptoms of a broader wave that could threaten the future of the European Union. Professor Argelia Queralt of Barcelona University, a close observer of populist and separatist movements in Europe, will discuss the political, economic, and social implications for both Europe and the United States.
Dr. Argelia Queralt Jiménez is a professor in Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law of the Universitat de Barcelona, where she focuses on European political integration, with particular attention devoted to separatist and populist movements. She has been a prominent commentator on Catalonia’s bid for independence, developing an intense media activity as director of Agenda Pública, a highly regarded political science blog affiliated with Spain’s largest newspaper, El País. Dr. Queralt has also published more than 40 papers and two books, researching the role of democratic institutions, and the protection of civil rights and freedoms within the EU. She is also a prominent advocate of greater women representation in political institutions.
Join us, get a (free) ticket on Eventbrite (the password is “populism”), and spread the word. Places available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 13th.
🎄Join WES on Monday for our Winter Happy Hour at Wunder Garten! 🎄
10 December 2018 – 6pm
Wunder Garten at NoMa 1101 First St.NE.
Come catch up with old friends and meet new professionals at our winter social happy hour. As usual, do not hesitate to bring your Europhile colleagues and friends!
We will be enjoying Winter happy hour specials at the Wunder Garten at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday!
Join the Washington European Society on for our happy hour at Hawthorne!
November 13th 2018 – 5:30 pm
Come catch up with old friends and meet new professionals at our monthly social happy hour. As usual, do not hesitate to bring your Europhile colleagues and friends!
We will be enjoying happy hour specials at the Hawthorne’s Glass-Covered Rooftop bar at 5:30pm. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!
Transatlantic Relations at the Crossroads
15 October 2018 – 6pm – 7:30pm
European Parliament Offices on 2175 K Str. NW (EU Delegation entrance on 22nd street)
The European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC and the Washington European Society are pleased to invite you to an evening discussion with Ambassador Daniel Fried on the current state and future prospects of transatlantic relations. The event will take place on October 15, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the European Parliament Liaison Office.
Against a backdrop of heightened tensions marked by trade disputes, disagreements over the role of NATO, climate change policy and other key issues, transatlantic relations seem to be at a crucial stage. Yet allies on both sides of the Atlantic have emerged from worse divisions in the past and still share many fundamental values and interests. The discussion plans on shedding light on these issues and encouraging debate between participants and Ambassador Daniel Fried. An informal networking session will follow the discussion.
Ambassador Fried currently serves as a distinguished fellow at the Future Europe Program of the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington DC. Before that, he played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. As special assistant and National Security Council senior director for Presidents Clinton and Bush, ambassador to Poland, and assistant secretary of state for Europe, Ambassador Fried crafted the policy of NATO enlargement to Central European advancing the goal of Europe whole, free, and at peace.
Amb. Fried is also widely considered one of the foremost experts on economic sanctions policy, having crafted strong US and EU sanctions against Russia after the Crimea annexation in 2014, while serving as the State Department top coordinator for sanctions policy. Ambassador Fried also served as the State Department’s special envoy for the closure of the Guantanamo Detainee Facility and continues to be committed to promoting human rights and American democratic values around the world.
Join us, get a (free) ticket on Eventbrite (the password is “transatlantic”), and spread the word. Places available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 15th.
Social Spotlight on Poland, Croatia, Germany, and Pennsylvania
10 October 2018 – 6:30pm-9:30pm
Emissary – 2032 P ST NW, Washington D.C. 20036
After our well-received first edition in February, we would like to present you the second Social Spotlight! This evening will provide you with a unique understanding of European (and Pennsylvanian) culture, an overview of the most recent political developments in national politics, and (maybe) fun facts about European sports. To get these vibrant insights, WES taps into a unique resource: YOU.
For the second event of this type, we asked fellow WES-lers from Poland, Croatia, Germany, and Pennsylvania (USA) to give us a 10-15 minutes pitch on a variety of national issues of their choice. For example, we might learn more about Berlin’s top 3 museums, Polish’s cuisine, and Croatia’s secret at the football world cup.
We will meet on Wednesday (10/10) at 6:30pm at the Emissary, enjoy the selected stories from three European and one US speaker, and then transition into a happy hour where we can inquire about personalized suggestions for vacation or restaurant visits.
We hope you will join us!
We reserved space at the Emissary for up to 15 people (first come first serve).
An evening at the Georgian Embassy with H.E David Bakradze
25 June 2018 – 6pm -9pm
Georgian embassy to the US – 1824 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009-1604, United States
We are pleased to invite the members of the Washington European Society to an evening with the Ambassador David Bakradze at the Embassy of Georgia.
Georgia – With its “green valleys spread with vineyards, old churches and watch towers perched in fantastic mountain scenery”- is allegedly not only “one of the most beautiful countries on earth” but also “the birthplace of wine” and “a place where guests are considered blessings and hospitality is the very stuff of life.”
Please join us for an evening celebration of Georgian culture and learn more about this thriving European country (80% support to EU membership). After indulging in Georgian hospitality (regional snacks and famous Georgian wine), the Ambassador will give us an insight into why the country currently experiences a boom in tourism (expected visitors 2018: 8 million; 2012: 4.4 million) but also into what the most pressing political issues (10 years since Georgia-Russia war in two regions of Georgia – Abkhazia and South Ossetia). After Ambassador’s remarks, we will open the floor to you, the guests, to either plan your next vacation, explore the long-lasting relationship between Georgia and the EU (the EU is Georgia’s largest trading partner), or to learn more about what happened in the 2008 war with Russia. We then conclude the evening with – obviously – more tasteful wine.
Join us, get a (free!) ticket on Eventbrite (the password is “WES”), and spread the word (we have more than 50 seats). Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 25th.
Limited Seats: A Toast to Privacy Celebrating Day 1 of the GDPR
24 May 2018 – 5.30pm-7pm
EU Delegation – 2175 K St NW
Introducing the upcoming General Data Protecting Regulation, we have been invited to bring 10 WESlers (use the password “WES”; first come, first serve) to this great event organized by the Delegation of the European Union and the Future of Privacy Forum:
“Whether you are a data protection officer or an IT analyst, a privacy advocate or a concerned consumer, join us to celebrate this major milestone event in-person or online.
Come together with public and private sector leaders from Europe and the United States for a toast to all the hard work that has gone into preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation.
Listen to a short panel discussion featuring:
Ambassador David O’Sullivan, European Union Delegation to the United States
Jules Polonetsky, CEO, The Future of Privacy Forum
Enjoy “midnight” toasts to data protection and privacy at 6 p.m. EDT (midnight in Brussels) from key stakeholders from EU institutions, industry, academia and more via video conference.” Please RSVP on eventbrite until the the end of May 23.
Meet your MEP and MP: Brown-Bag Lunch at the EP Liaison Office
9 May- 12pm-1.3opm
EP Liaison Office – 2175 K St NW
We would like to invite members of the Washington European Society to a brown-bag lunch with over 30 young (under the age of 40) Members of the European Parliament and of European National Parliaments on May 9, at the EP Liaison Office with US Congress.
We will have the opportunity to meet the participants of the EU-40 transatlantic network session and to talk with them about their view on the transatlantic relationship.
With our lunch, the MEPs and MPs conclude a several day long trip to Washington DC, where they will have had the opportunity to meet key stakeholders and to get first hand impressions about the state of the transatlantic community.
Aligning with our objective to foster debate, discussion, and mutual ties among European (-minded) young professionals living and working in DC, we have the opportunity to ask our representatives in the European/National Parliaments what they think about the present and future US-European relationship. We, on the other hand, can give them a fully immersed perspective on what it means for European to live here during these exciting times.
Please use the Eventbrite link to register (password: WES). Spots are limited and ID is compulsory.
Journalism and Democracy: A Discussion with John Kester
10 April 2018 – 6pm-9pm
Hawthorne- 1336 U St NW, Washington D.C. 20009
Join us on Tuesday, April 10th, for a discussion on the changing role of journalism and free press in democracy. We will discuss current developments, challenges, and opportunities with our speaker John Kester, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions on the topic. Afterwards, we will break into a traditional happy hour!
More information about our speaker : John Kester, who began his journalism career in 2014 at The Wall Street Journal’s New York headquarters reporting financial and accounting news, is currently a policy analyst and international journalist with Foreign Policy in Washington, D.C.
His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Washingtonian, and has been cited in Harvard Business Law Review. John has interviewed three U.S. presidential candidates, foreign dignitaries, and a Nobel laureate. He has traveled, studied, and worked in nearly fifty countries on five continents. A Washington, D.C. native, he has lived in London, Paris, and Tokyo. He is familiar with five languages, including native English, advanced Spanish and Japanese, and limited French and Italian.
This event is informal and off the record.
It will take place at the Hawthorne glass rooftop and the bar will be open during the event. After the discussion, we will break into a Happy Hour!
UN French Language Day Happy Hour
20 March 2018 – 6pm-9pm
La Jambe – 1550 7th St NW, Washington D.C. 20001
Join “Les Frenchies a DC” and WES to celebrate the official French Language Day on March 20th at La Jambe.
For this months’ happy hour we are bringing together the dedicated Francophone group of DC with the wider scope of Europhiles in the Washington European Society to celebrate French language and culture. Of course you can also come if you don’t speak French (yet).
Les Frenchies : Rendez-vous le 20 mars a la Jambe a partir de 18h00!
Celebrons ensemble la journee internationale de la francophonie avec nos amis de la WES!
If you want to join Les Frenchies a DC, check out their facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DCFrenchExpats/
“For the French language, 20 March was chosen as the date since it “coincides with the 40th anniversary of the International Organization of La Francophonie”, a group whose members share a common tongue, as well as the humanist values promoted by the French language. Other dates were selected for the celebration of the UN’s other five official languages.”
Social Spotlight on Bulgaria, Italy, and Spain
22 February 2018 – 6pm-9pm
Emissary – 2032 P ST NW, Washington D.C. 20036
WES presents you a new format that provides you with a unique understanding of European cultures, an overview of the most recent political developments in national politics, and fun facts about European sports. To get these vibrant insights, WES taps into a unique resource: YOU.
For the first event of this type, we asked fellow WES-lers from Bulgaria, Italy, and Spain to give us a 10-15 minutes pitch on a variety of national issues of their choice. For example, we might (this is not guaranteed) learn more about Sofia’s top 3 museums, Italy’s five star movement, and Spain’s secret at the upcoming football world cup.
We will meet on Thursday (2/22) at 8pm at the Emissary, enjoy the selected stories from the three European speakers, and then transition into a normal happy hour where we can inquire about personalized suggestions for vacation or restaurant visit.
Happy Hour: WES kicks off 2018
29 January 2018 – 6pm-9pm
Blackfinn Ameripub – 1620 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Join us for our first happy hour in the new year at DC’s Blackfinn Ameripub!
We would like to kick off things in 2018 by bringing together everyone who is interested in Washington’s European network. Feel free to bring friends, as well as any suggestions/ wishes for future events, or contacts that could contribute to our society. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you are interested in getting more involved in the work of WES.
We will be in the back area of Blackfinn and – most importantly – the happy hour was extended for us until 9pm.
We are looking forward to see everyone!
Reforming Europe: A Conversation With Valerie Rouxel-Laxton
11 December 2017- 6pm-9pm
Bar Dupont 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20036
Against the backdrop of the 2019 European Parliament Elections, Brexit, and a renewed debate on how to improve the EU, numerous voices have emerged with specific proposals, from French president Emmanuel Macron to the European Commission. Proposed reforms are not only economic or institutional, but also focus on how bring the EU closer to its citizens and solve the “democratic deficit” that many Europeans perceive.
No one better to navigate this fascinating debate than Valerie Rouxel-Laxton. Until a few months ago, Valerie was the head of the economic section at the European Union Delegation to the United States. She was responsible for representing the EU on financial and economic matters in the US and analyzing and reporting macroeconomic developments in the US and European economies. She has not only a great knowledge on how the EU works, but also a great understanding of the transatlantic relation and how to explain the EU to American audiences. Valerie holds a PhD in international economics from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Lyon.
We will meet at 6:30 pm at Bar Dupont for some drinks and conversation. See you there! Please register at Eventbrite as well
A Conversation With: Hali Jilani about gender equality
13 November 2017 – 6pm-7.30pm
K street Suite – 1400 K Street NW, Suite 905
Join us (Washington European Society and European Horizons at Georgetown University) for a conversation with Hali Jilani about how to counter gender-based discrimination and promote gender equality in your everyday lives.
With the #metoo movement and the continued presence of sexual discrimination at the workplace and beyond, whether in the form of a ”harmless“ comment or physical interaction, the time to talk about this founding value of the EU couldn’t be more appropriate. True gender equality remains an unfulfilled ideal. While much can be said about the legislative and structural circumstances, we are going to discuss hands-on tactics to counter everyday sexism and overcome moments of helplessness and silence when faced with insulting and discriminating situations.
For that, we are pleased to have Hali Jilani share her experiences and views with us before we enter the roundtable conversation. Hali actively fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and headed a women’s hospital there in the early nineties. She served as an advisor for counter terrorism programs in the region and, once the US invaded Iraq in 2003, as a consultant to the Marine Corps. Training soldiers in ”cultural intelligence“, she played an important role in developing the first female engagement teams (FETs). In these circumstances, Hali witnessed various degrees of gender-based discrimination, and she developed her own perspective and tools to deal with such situations.
We are looking forward to welcome up to 20 participants (first come, first serve; deadline for registration: November 13 at 12pm) to join us for a roundtable discussion with our distinguished guest.
Please register on Eventbrite: https://europedcgenderequality.eventbrite.com
At 7:30 we will move to a nearby bar to continue our discussions over a drinks.
Get to know VOLT – a new pan European party
16 October 2017 – 6pm-10pm
2150 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037-1038, United States
Join on us on Monday at 6:00pm for a conversation with Jason Moyer, the head of the DC VOLT representation. He will give us an overview of the goals, methods, and values of VOLT. Of course, this will be followed by some happy hour beers at Soho Café!
Vox is a pan-european, progressive movement aiming to revolutionize the way politics is done across Europe.
We want to make people believe in politics, again.
We want to make Europe work, together.
We want to become a real pan-European political party to change European and national politics, forever.
We are looking forward to see you there. Bring questions, Europhilia, and an excitement for a more democratic Europe.
WES & Frenchies in DC September Happy Hour at ESL
7 September 2017 – 6.30pm- 10pm
Eighteenth Street Lounge – 1212 18th Street Northwest, Washington D.C. 20036
Join the Washington European Society and Frenchies in DC for our social happy hour at Eighteenth Street Lounge. The summer seems to be coming to an end but we want to gather Washinghton´s Europhiles nevertheless. Have a tinto de verano, a french wine, or a german beer with us on ESL´s amazing Deck Bar (with an optional roof in case it rains).
We are looking forward to meet old and new friends and happy to talk about WES, our plans and ideas, and any planned events.
See you there!
WES Joint Summer Happy Hour
3 August 2017 – 6.30pm- 10pm
Eighteenth Street Lounge – 1212 18th Street Northwest, Washington D.C. 20036
Join Washington European Society, Bulgarian Professionals Club, United Macedonian Diaspora, AGBU Young Professionals (Armenians), and Les Frenchies à DC for our big summer happy hour at Eighteenth Street Lounge.
We are delighted to invite you to this informal networking and get-to-know-each-other event. Lets get some drinks and make some new (Europhile) friends and enyoy the !!PATIO!! of Eigtheen Street Lounge!
Once you are there, find us outside and look out for the European flag!