JeanMonnet In the US Webinar: Women in the Diplomacy

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The Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence would like to share this upcoming webinar organized by the School of International Services at American University, Washington D.C. This event is part of the Jean Monnet in the US series, bringing together the network of EU-funded Universities in the US. #JMintheUS


As we look forward to International Women’s Day and embark on Women’s History Month, the School of International Service welcomes three senior European diplomats to share their experiences. H.E. Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States; H.E. Christina Markus Lassen, Ambassador of Denmark to the United States; and H.E. Mariangela Zappia, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, will discuss the current state of transatlantic relations, the war in Ukraine, and other current issues. SIS professor Michelle Egan will moderate this conversation.

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Geraldine Byrne Nason assumed her role as Ireland’s 19th Ambassador to the United States in August 2022. Geraldine was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York (2017- 22). Previously, she served as Ambassador to France (2014-17), Second Secretary General in the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) (2011-14), Ambassador and Ireland’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU (2005-11)), and Director of the National Forum on Europe (2004-05). During her career, Ambassador Byrne Nason has served in Brussels, New York, Paris, Vienna and Helsinki. On her arrival in New York, Ambassador Byrne Nason led Ireland’s successful campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council and led the New York Security Council team for the 2021-2022 term. Geraldine was Chair of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for 2018 and 2019.

Christina Markus Lassen took up her post as ambassador of Denmark to the United States in 2022. Prior to that position, she held a position as Political Director and Under Secretary for Political Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Ambassador Lassen has also been EU Ambassador to Lebanon (2015-19) and Ambassador of Denmark to Syria and Jordan (2009-2012). Ambassador Lassen has been with the Danish Foreign Service for many years and held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She held a position as; Director for Stabilization and Security Policy (2014-2015), Director for Public Diplomacy and Communication (2013-2014) and Head of Executive Secretariat (2005-2009). Ambassador Lassen also held a position as Special Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office in Denmark (2004-2005). Prior to that she served as; First Secretary in the Political Department at the Embassy of Denmark in Washington D.C. (2000-2004) and Head of Section in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (1997-2000).

Mariangela Zappia is the Italian Ambassador to the United States of America. A career diplomat with over thirty-five years of experience, she is the first woman in her country to hold this position, as she was the first woman Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York and to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). She has also been the first woman Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian Prime Minister and G7/G20 Sherpa. Ambassador Zappia holds a Master degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Florence and a Post-graduate degree in Diplomatic and International Relations from the same University. She has followed periodic high-level training courses on diplomatic practice and management at the Diplomatic Academy of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.

Michelle Egan (moderator) is a professor at American University's School of International Service and co-director of the school's Transatlantic Policy Center. Professor Egan focuses on comparative politics and political economy in Europe and the US with a focus on issues of federalism, trade, governance, and law. She is past chair and vice chair of EUSA, the EU Studies Association, and is editor of a series on EU with Palgrave. She is a Global Scholar at the Wilson Center and has been the recipient of a Wilson Fellowship. She has published two books with Oxford and is currently working on another book on trade and comparative federalism.

This event is co-sponsored by SIS and the Transatlantic Policy Center.