20 April 2022
9:30 am
Debate Global Politics Program: “Transatlantic Values At A Crossroads”

Debate Global Politics Program: “Transatlantic Values At A Crossroads” with Julissa Reynoso


Aspen Institute España hosted the first debate session of the tenth edition of the Global Politics Program on “Transatlantic Values At A Crossroads” with the US Ambassador in Spain, Julissa Reynoso, last Wednesday, April 20 from 9.30 to 11.00 am. The session was moderated by José M. de Areilza, Secretary General of Aspen Institute España. The debate brought together around 30 participants from the main political parties in Spain, with the aim of generating an exchange of ideas and experiences. The session took place at Pérez-Llorca’s headquarters in Madrid.



Born in the Dominican Republic, she emigrated to the United States in 1982, where she grew up in New York City. Before being nominated and confirmed as US Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden, and as Co-Chair of the White House Gender Policy Council. During President Barack Obama’s Administration, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and then, from 2012 to 2014, as US Ambassador to Uruguay. Prior to joining President Joe Biden’s Administration, Ambassador Reynoso was a partner at the international law firm Winston and Strawn in New York. She has been a professor at Columbia University Law School and the School of International and Public Affairs and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute and the Inter-American Dialogue. She is the author of numerous publications in English and Spanish on topics such as comparative law, regulatory reform, community organisation, immigration policy and Latin American politics, both in print and in academic journals. She holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, an MA in Philosophy from Cambridge University (UK) and a law degree from Columbia University. Ambassador Reynoso is accompanied in Madrid by her son Lucas and her two dogs Celeste and Kika. Her hobbies include music, especially jazz, soul, classical music, boleros, rancheras, salsa and merengue. She is passionate about theatre and visual arts.


Global Politics Program

This initiative was launched during the academic year 2012-2013. The purpose of the Global Politics Program is to serve as a space for debate between young Spanish politicians and policy-oriented participants dedicated to public service who have a demonstrated leadership potential. It aims at providing a well-structured space for discussion, where knowledge and reflection over the issues addressed may find a common ground, and where personal ties may be established among participants. The Global Politics Program is structured around various sessions throughout the year, in the form of open discussions and brief presentations from leading experts on relevant issues in the context of politics and public service.

Sessions focus on three main areas of discussion: geopolitics, leadership, ethics and international economics. Almost 40 speakers have participated in our sessions throughout the various editions of the Program, including Javier Solana, President of Aspen Institute España; Hugo Dixon, Chair of InFacts and Deputy Chair of People’s Vote; Robin Wright, Journalist, Author and Foreign Policy Analyst; Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General of SEGIB; Pablo García-Berdoy, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Spain for the European Union; Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House; Óscar Fanjul, Vice-president of Omega Capital and member of the Board of Trustees of Aspen Institute España.

The tenth edition of the seminar took place on March 18 and 19 in La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia), following the online sessions in January. This two-day seminar brought together a group of 30 young political leaders from different parties to debate the political and social dilemmas that arise in the global scenario in which we live. The debate was structured around texts by classical and contemporary authors and facilitated, in accordance with the Aspen method, an open and frank exchange of ideas and reflections for action and commitment to different ideas for the common good. The dialogue took place under the Chatham House Rule. During the Seminar, a dinner-colloquium took place with Rocío Martínez-Sampere, Director of the Felipe González Foundation and Aspen Spain Fellow, and Guillermo Mariscal, member of the Popular Parliamentary Group for Las Palmas in the Congress of Deputies.



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  • Julissa Reynoso
  • José M. de Areilza
  • Debate