We are pleased to announce a special MCFR event on Thursday, February 1 from 8:30-10:00 at the Madison Club. Along with the UW Center for European Studies, we are welcoming William Drozdiak for a special presentation and discussion.
This will be a breakfast event, and pre-registration and prepayment is required.
The charge is for the breakfast buffet, and applies to members as well as guests, since this event is an addition to the 9-event annual schedule that is paid for with membership dues.
William Drozdiak is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at The Brookings Institution, and a senior advisor for Europe with McLarty Associates, an international strategic consultancy firm based in Washington, D.C. For 10 years, Drozdiak served as president of the American Council on Germany (ACG), one of the oldest and most prestigious non-profits devoted to cooperation and understanding between the United States, Germany, and Europe.
Drozdiak worked for two decades as a senior editor and foreign correspondent for The Washington Post. As foreign news editor from 1986 to 1990, he directed the Post’s award-winning international news coverage. During his tenure, the Post won two Pulitzer Prizes for its international reporting on the Middle East and on the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Before becoming a journalist, Drozdiak played professional basketball in the United States and Europe from 1971 until 1978. He is the author of Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crises and the Fate of the West (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017).
"Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crises and the Fate of the West" is an urgent examination of how the political, economic and social volatility in Europe will affect the US and the rest of the world. Drozdiak depicts the imminent crisis in Europe, which threatens not only America’s long-time relationship with its allies, but global security. The UK stunned the world by leaving the EU; in Germany, there is growing alarm that one million refugees, mostly from Syria, are putting the country’s stability at risk; in Spain, a protracted economic crisis has spread disillusionment among young people and damaged support for centrist political leaders; while Greece has become a way station for refugees fleeing Syria. Drozdiak uses his journalistic background to investigate the ongoing situation and ask the important questions. Where does Europe go from here? How can the west can revitalize its key institutions like NATO and the EU? The result is a holistic view of contemporary European history that the Financial Times calls one of the best books of 2017.