Wednesday April 21st, 12 PM EST
(6 PM Madrid, Spain), 1 hour
The beginning of the Biden Era has created significant expectations for changes in the relations between the United States and its allies. In the first few months since the new president was inaugurated, we have witnessed important events that have a direct impact on the bilateral relations between Spain and the US. An example is the March 5th suspension of the tariffs between the US and the EU derived from disputes over public aid to Boeing and Airbus. We have also seen a strong push for multilateralism by the new US Administration as illustrated by its decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
In this webinar, Spain’s Ambassador to the US, Santiago Cabanas and former US Ambassador to Spain, Alan Solomont, shared their views on how the relations between Spain and the US are being impacted and what the future may bring. The conversation focused on economic and business aspects among a wide variety of topics.
Webinar moderated by Gonzalo Garcia, President of the US Spain Executives Community. Executive, entrepreneur and business owner born and raised in Spain who lives in Washington DC since 2004. He is a dual national of Spain and the US.
ABOUT AMBASSADOR CABANAS:
Ambassador Cabanas has served as the Ambassador of Spain to the US since September 2018. He was born in Madrid in 1954. He holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and joined the Spanish Foreign Service in 1981.
The Ambassador was previously Ambassador to Algeria. Prior, he held top-ranking positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, including Director of the Minister’s Cabinet and Director General for Foreign Policy. Ambassador Cabanas has also been Director General for Consular Affairs and Director General for Cultural and Scientific Relations.
In addition to his Ambassadorship to Algeria, he has been the Ambassador of Spain to the Czech Republic and to Jordan. He previously served as a political counselor at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. and as Consul General in Miami, Florida.
ABOUT AMBASSADOR SOLOMONT:
Alan D. Solomont currently serves as the Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. The only university-wide college of its kind, Tisch College teaches, studies and promotes the civic and political engagement of young people at Tufts University and beyond. It is the nation’s leading authority on youth voting.
Throughout his career, Alan has embraced the power of social activism, civic engagement and public service to benefit society and promote the common good.
He was appointed by President Obama to serve as United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra from 2009 – 2013. Before his posting in Madrid, Alan chaired the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the home of domestic service programs such as AmeriCorps, VISTA and Senior Corps. He also served as National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee and is a veteran of six presidential campaigns.
Alan graduated from Tufts in 1970 with a B.A. in political science and urban studies. He worked for several years as a community organizer in Lowell, Massachusetts, and after earning a degree in nursing at UMass Lowell, he spent the next thirty years in the senior care business.
He is currently Vice Chairman of J Street, serves on the Board of Directors of Avangrid, and he is chairman of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce.
ORGANIZED BY THE US SPAIN EXECUTIVES COMMUNITY (USEC):
The US Spain Executives Community is a non profit organization founded in Washington DC in 2014 by a group of business people, executives and entrepreneurs. Our mission is to promote networking and professional development among our members, improve collaboration among their organizations and encourage business relations between Spain and the US.
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