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Announcements | May 14, 2014

Ambassador Kristen Silverberg Joins BGS Board of Advisors

Beacon Global Strategies LLC (BGS) is pleased to announce that former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Kristen Silverberg has joined the firm’s Advisory Board. Ambassador Silverberg is a highly respected U.S. diplomat and an expert on U.S.-European Relations. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2008 to 2009 and as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 2005 to 2008.

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Interviews | Apr 16, 2014

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith In Bloomberg Businessweek Discusses The Administration’s Efforts To Impose Harsher Sanctions On Russia

Smith argues that “the U.S. is boxed in right now.” She explains that if the U.S. “can’t garner the cooperation of Europe, the bigger sanctions won’t have teeth. They won’t have enough impact unless the Europeans join us.”


Interviews | Mar 26, 2014

BGS Vice President Julianne Smith In The New York Times Discusses The Obama Administration’s Commitment To NATO And Foreign Policy Toward Europe

Smith argues that the Administration is not introducing a “fundamental recalibration of U.S. foreign policy” toward Europe. She states that “it’s a little bit less about what the U.S. is going to do above and beyond what it’s done and more about challenging Europe to stand up to the task, particularly on the defense side.”


Interviews | Mar 23, 2014

BGS Managing Directors Michael Allen and Jeremy Bash In Politico Address the Relationship Between The CIA And Senate Select Committee On Intelligence (SSCI)

Allen and Bash discuss the broad scope of cooperation between the CIA and SSCI despite the surveillance controversy, and the importance of rebuilding trust.


Interviews | Mar 17, 2014

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen On C-Span’s Washington Journal Discusses The CIA-Senate Surveillance Controversy

Allen breaks down the recent surveillance and oversight controversy surrounding the CIA and U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).

Book Reviews | Mar 15, 2014

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen’s Book, Blinking Red, is Reviewed By The Center for the Study of Intelligence


Michael Allen’s very readable legislative history of the 2004 intelligence reforms focuses more on the personalities than the organizations per se…In sum, it was the personalities and the legislative process, more than simply the organizational tussles, that explain why those reforms proved to be less than many expected.


Book Reviews | Mar 12, 2014

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen’s Book, Blinking Red, Is Reviewed By Lawfare.

Michael Allen’s Blinking Red offers an exhaustive, behind-the-scenes look at how Congress ultimately passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), and focuses on the clashes over the roles of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)…Allen’s book provides an essential primer on how we reached this point and what concerns are at play, now and for the foreseeable future.


Articles | Mar 10, 2014

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith Writes An Opinion Piece In Politico Magazine: "Obama Needs a New National Security Strategy"

Smith and co-author Jacob Stokes look at six key issues the Obama Administration needs to readdress in the next year. These include (1) rebalancing to Asia, (2) adjusting U.S. counterterrorism efforts, (3) continuing democracy promotion abroad, (4) analyzing the potential impact of rising powers, (5) creating an effective cyber agenda, and (6) shaping the future of U.S. Leadership and power.


Interviews | Mar 04, 2014

BGS Senior Vice President Julianne Smith Speaks To McClatchy DC About How The U.S. And Europe Should Respond To Russian Adventurism

Smith, who was a senior adviser on European and NATO policy at the Pentagon and for Vice President Biden before joining Beacon Global Strategies, said that U.S. officials should reassure Russia’s neighbors, particularly Baltic states that were once part of the Soviet Union, that the United States “hasn’t gone wobbly on its security commitments”.


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