On 14 October 2013 Julianne Smith came to speak at Royal Holloway to students studying in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Having just left working for the US Vice President, Julie was able to offer students a first hand perspective on the major challenges facing the US and on the role of individuals in crafting American foreign policy. Spending four hours talking about foreign affairs Julie was a real sport throughout the day of discussion. We hope to welcome her back to department again in the future.
Julianne (“Julie”) Smith served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the American Vice President from April 2012 to June 2013. In addition to advising the Vice President on a wide range of foreign and defense policy issues, she represented him in Cabinet and Deputies level interagency meetings. Prior to her posting at the White House, she served as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Julie served as the director of the CSIS Europe Program and the Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership, where she led the Center’s research and program activities on U.S.-European political, security, and economic relations. She has worked as a senior analyst on the European security desk of the British American Security Information Council and in Germany at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in 1996/97. In January 2012, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
Julie Smith's visit was sponsored by the Centre for European Politics and the Robert Bosch Alumni Foundation.