13 November 2023
9:00 am
Aspen Ideas: “Europe in our time”
Aspen Institute España

Debate Aspen Ideas “Europe in our time”

Aspen Institute España hosted an Aspen Ideas session last Monday, November 13th on ” Europe in our time” with Timothy Garton Ash, historian, journalist, and professor of European Studies at Oxford University, and was moderated by José M. de Areilza, Secretary General at Aspen Institute España, professor at ESADE Business School and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at ESADE.


Timothy Garton Ash

He is a British historian and journalist known for the excellence with which he has documented the transformation of Europe during the last quarter century. He is a Professor of European Studies at Oxford University and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University. He writes regularly for The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Garton Ash’s work is often referred to as a “history of the present”. He was 17 when the UK joined the European Community and sixty-four when it left. During his career, he has lived and breathed European politics, witnessed some of the most dramatic scenes in its history, interviewed many of its protagonists, and analyzed the changing lives of ordinary people across the continent. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his journalism and books, including The Magic Lintern, his account of the revolutions of 1989; The Ex-Pedient, his fascinating autobiographical account of the investigation into the contents of his Stasi file after the fall of East Germany; and History of the Present.


José M. de Areilza

José M. de Areilza is the Secretary General of Aspen Institute España and Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at ESADE Business School, Barcelona. He has been a Visiting Professor at INSEAD Business School (Fontainebleau) and London Business School. He holds a Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and has published extensively on European Union Law and Politics and Geopolitics . Between 1996 and 2000 he was European Advisor at the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office. He writes a Sunday column in ABC, a national newspaper. He is Academy Adjunct Faculty at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London), Vice President of the US-Spain Council Foundation, Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and Trustee of the Spanish Navy Museum, Ministry of Defence.


Aspen Ideas Program

The Aspen Ideas Program aims to provide a forum for debate on current issues for emerging leaders from different sectors of society, many of whom have already participated in Aspen Spain programs. On the occasion of the publication of books or in the light of current affairs, we bring together groups of 30 people in debates with experts on geopolitics, new technologies, leadership, energy, or international economics. This Program includes several session formats: Aspen Espresso, breakfast debates held between 9 am and 11 am, Aspen Ideas@Lunch, lunch debates held between 2 pm and 4 pm, Aspen Ideas Online, debates held in digital format, and Aspen Ideas Alumni, dinner debates held from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm for Alumni who have participated in Aspen Seminars.

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  • José M. de Areilza
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