70 years ago, on April 26th 1948, the ship "Noordam" arrived in Rotterdam carrying the first goods under the Marshall Aid Program. Is the trans-Atlantic relationship still as strong as it was 70 years ago? What lessons can we learn from the Marshall Plan in how we face current threats and challenges? On Tuesday 24 April the Netherlands Atlantic Youth organizes a public meeting themed:
The Marshall Plan and Its Role in Winning Hearts and Minds
Lessons for the 21st Century
During the Cold War the world split into two opposing spheres of influence, most notably in Europe. The Marshall Plan helped shore up Europe’s economy, and created political stability. With the help of U.S. aid Western European markets recovered and the trans-Atlantic Alliance was strengthened, proving resilient against the Soviet threat.
Dr. Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, will address these questions, after which she is joined by prof. dr. Frank Mehring (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) and dr. Ruud van Dijk (University of Amsterdam). During a panel session they will discuss different aspects of the Marshall Plan and it's lessons for the 21st century. This event will take place in the University of Amsterdam building the Agnietenkapel.
19.00 – 19.30 Registration
19.30 – 19.40 Word of welcome + introduction by the moderator
Mr. John Jacobs, President Jonge Atlantici
19.40 – 20.00 Presentation “The Marshall Plan” (exact title to be decided)
Dr. Karen Donfried, Director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States
20.00 – 20.20 Presentation on “The Marshall Plan and Containment”
Dr. Ruud van Dijk, University Lecturer History of International Relations at the University of Amsterdam
20.20 – 20.40 Presentation on “The United States of Europe: The Visualization of the Marshall Plan”
Prof. Dr. Frank Mehring, Professor of American Studies at the Radboud University in Nijmegen
20.40 – 21.15 Panel discussion and Q&A
21.15 – 21.20 Closing statement by John Jacobs
|Moderator||John Jacobs (Netherlands Atlantic Youth)|
|When||Tuesday 24 April, 19.00-21.30|
|Speakers||De Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231, Amsterdam|
This event is made possible with funds from the United States Embassy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.