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On June 5, 1947 Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard that launched the Plan that soon bore his name.

The Marshall Plan was the key to restoring Europe to health following the devastation of World War II and ensured that the United States and Europe would stand together in the face of post-war Soviet designs on the continent, ultimately paving the way for the creation of the strongest economic and security partnership in history of the world. It was a singular testament to bipartisan political cooperation between the Executive branch and the Congress in foreign affairs, and it holds many lessons for us today.

Please join us for a discussion of the Marshall Plan, including debates among rising leaders about its meaning for our world today.

Host: Representative Don Beyer of Virginia,
Former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Moderator: Daniel Hamilton,
Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor, Johns Hopkins University SAIS

10.30 am – 11.15 am   
Panel 1: The Marshall Plan and its Relevance to Europe Today

  • Karen Donfried, President, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch, President, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation
  • Janusz Reiter, former Ambassador of Poland to the United States and to Germany
  • Günter Bischof, Professor, University of New Orleans, author of The Marshall Plan since 1947: Saving Europe, Rebuilding Austria

11.15 am – 12.00 pm  
Panel 2: The Marshall Plan and its Meaning for the United States and the World Today
A Discussion with Rising Leaders

  • Alina Polyakova, The Atlantic Council
  • Erik Brattberg, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Rachel Rizzo, Center for a New American Security
  • Steven Keil, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Co-Hosted by
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation
Embassy of Austria
German Marshall Fund of the United States
Robert Bosch Foundation