Over 200 people met on Nov. 21 in Bucharest at Central University Library Carol I to mark 20 years of activity with the Marshall Center. The US Chargé d’Affairs, Duane Butcher and German Amb. Werner Lauk attended the event as well as the US Defense Attaché COL Roderick Dorsey and ODC Chief Col. Glen Lawson, all who make remarks.
Marshall Center Dean of the College of International Security Studies Dr. Robert Brannon and Director Alumni Programs Dean Dwigans represented the Marshall Center. Dr. Doru Frunzulica, President, Romania Alumni Association, gave an overview of Romanian engagement with the Marshall Center over the past 20 years. Of note, former MC Professor and Chief of Defense, LTG (ret.) Constantin Degeratu also spoke to the alumni, emphasizing that the Marshall Center was one of the most important contributors to the new security cooperation after the end of the cold war. Closing remarks were given by Mr. Valeriu Zgonea, President of the Chamber of Deputies and MC alumnus.
At the end of the event Dr. Brannon met with the Prime Minister of Romanian, Mr. Victor Ponta and the Vice Prime Minister, Gabriel Oprea.
The Romanian government has sent over 500 security officials to courses at the Marshall Center from its first course in 1994, many of whom are today in high-level positions both within and outside of Romania. The alumni association who organized this event has been in existence since 2000 and during this time has organized 22 conferences and roundtables. Over the past 13 years it has been one of the most active associations in the region, bringing a range of important issues to public discussion. More event photos.