This conference was held on February 6, 2019 at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Topics of discussion and debate included how the Western Balkans can overcome obstacles on the road toward the EU, Libya’s future, the U.S. – Greece energy partnership, and energy developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. Click here for a full read-out of the event.


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Registration and Light Breakfast

9:35 a.m.
Welcoming remarks:
Daniel Hamilton, President, Transatlantic Leadership Network

9:40 a.m.
Keynote address:
Ilir Meta, President, Republic of Albania

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Western Balkans: How to Overcome Obstacles on the Road Toward the EU

Ivan Brajović, President of the Parliament, Montenegro
Enver Hoxhaj
, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Kosovo
Vladimir Marinković, Deputy Speaker, Parliament of the Republic of Serbia
Goran Miraščić, Adviser to the Prime Minister, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Fatmir Mediu, Member and Chairman of the Republican Party, Parliament of the Republic of Albania

Gabriel-Benjamin Leș, Minister of Defense, Romania

Moderated by:
Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero (Ret.), Vice President, Transatlantic Leadership Network

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Coffee break

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Future of Libya
A discussion with Khalid al-Meshri, President of the High Council of State of Libya

Moderated by:
Sasha Toperich, Senior Vice President, Transatlantic Leadership Network

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Energy Security in the Eastern Mediterranean
John Paravantis, Associate Professor, University of Piraeus

2:10 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Unresolved Legal Issues Complicating the Energy Revolution in the Eastern Mediterranean

Petros Liacouras, Professor of International Law, University of Piraeus

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
U.S. – Greece Energy Partnership and Energy Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean

Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council
Athanasios Platias
, Professor, Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus
Joseph Uddo III, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

Lena Argiri, D.C. Correspondent, Greek Public Broadcasting

Closing Statement:
Amb. Haris Lalacos, Ambassador of Greece to the United States

Moderated by:
Edward Joseph, Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Network

Closing remarks:
Michael Haltzel, Chairman, Transatlantic Leadership Network