“A Pursuit of a Europe, Whole and Free”

Mr Bruce Pitcairn Jackson.

Mr Bruce Pitcairn Jackson.

24 November 2011

Aberystwyth University’s Centre for European Studies is delighted to welcome Mr Bruce Pitcairn Jackson, the founder and President of the Project on Transitional Democracies, to deliver a public lecture at 4pm on Wednesday 30th November 2011 in the Main Hall, International Politics Building.

The address entitled “A Pursuit of a Europe, Whole and Free” will consider how Europe has changed since 1989, largely because of the ideas of playwrights, electricians, and political activists. He will posit the questions who were these people? What were their ideas? And how could they possibly have organized the transformation of post Cold War Europe?

Bruce Pitcairn Jackson’s served in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. From 1986 to 1990, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defence in a variety of policy positions pertaining to nuclear forces and arms control.

Upon leaving the Department of Defence in 1990, Mr Jackson joined Lehman Brothers, investment bank in New York, where he was a strategist in the firm's proprietary trading operations. Between 1993 and 2002, Mr Jackson was Vice President for Strategy and Planning at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

During 1995 and 1996, Mr Jackson was National Co-Chairman of the Dole for President Finance Committee. In 1996, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention where he served on the Platform Committee and the Platform’s subcommittee for National Security and Foreign Policy.

During the 2000 Presidential Campaign, he was a delegate committed to Governor Bush and chaired the Foreign Policy Subcommittee of the Republican Platform Committee. From 1995 until 2003, he was the President of the US Committee on NATO, a non-profit corporation formed in 1996 to promote the expansion of NATO and the strengthening of ties between the United States and Europe.

In 2004, Mr. Jackson became a member of the International Commission on the Balkans and the Board of Directors of the "We Remember" Foundation, which is working to bring the officials of the Government of Belarus to justice for the disappearances of political opposition leaders and journalists. 

He has been recognized for his work on democratic change and European integration by the Governments of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Most recently, Mr. Jackson’s work has focused on accelerating the integration of the Western Balkan countries and Turkey into the European Union and NATO and on building closer relationship between European institutions and the democracies within the European Union’s Eastern Partnership, particularly Ukraine. 

He has written extensively about the engagement of Russia and Eastern European democracies by the European Union and the United States, on the new geo-economics of Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region, and on the energy security of Europe.

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Project for Transitional Democracies
The Project is a multi-year endeavour aimed at accelerating the pace of reform in post-1989 democracies and advancing the date for the integration of these democracies into the institutions of the Euro-Atlantic.
The Centre for European Studies
The Centre for European Studies (CES) is a cross-departmental and multi-disciplinary research-led learning centre focusing on the study of further European integration and Europe’s relations with the outside world. Originally founded in 1996 the Centre became a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in 2000 after receiving official recognition by the European Union. The Centre has recently been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies.

This is the fourth public event of Centre for European Studies for 2011 with previous speakers including Mr Andy Klom, Head of European Commission for Wales, Dr Kay Swinburne MEP and Mr Derek Vaughn MEP.