As part of the Future of Diplomacy Project's second annual Europe Week, senior economists and European policy-makers will discuss the challenges facing plans for a transatlantic free trade agreement as announced in President Obama's State of the Union address.

Richard Cooper is Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics at Harvard University. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Panel of the US Chief of Naval Operations, and the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity. He has served on several occasions in the US Government, as chairman of the National Intelligence Council (1995-97), Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs (1977-81), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Monetary Affairs (1965-66), and senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers (1961-63). He was also chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (1990-92), and Vice-Chairman of the Global Development Network (2001-2007).

Henrik Enderlein is Professor of Political Economy and Economics at the Hertie School of Governance. Until summer 2012 he held the positions as Associate Dean and Program Director Master of Public Policy. He obtained degrees in economics and political science from Sciences Po, Paris, and Columbia University, New York, and his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. From 2001-2003, he worked as an economist in the Directorate International and European Relations of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid). Solana served as the European Union’s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European Union. Before serving the Council, Dr. Solana was Secretary General of NATO where he negotiated the NATO-Russia Founding Act and presided over the establishment of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. Prior to that, he held different ministerial portfolios in the Spanish government, including Foreign Affairs. He is also distinguished senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, and chairman of the Aspen Institute España.

David Whineray is the Head of the Political Section at the EU Delegation to the United States.

The discussion will be moderated by the Faculty Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, R. Nicholas Burns.