SPEAKER: Governor Bobby Jindal
Governor of Louisiana
TIME: 11.30am – 12.30pm, Monday 19th January 2015
VENUE: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
To attend please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 was in many ways a challenging year for the international community. The post-Arab Spring instability in the Middle East took on a new shade of urgency with the rapid rise of the Islamic State; the conflict over the future direction for Ukraine escalated into the annexation of Crimea by Putin’s Russia, downing of a commercial plane over Ukraine, and ongoing fighting on European soil; and the aftereffects of the 2008 financial crisis continue to haunt both the large and small economies across the world.
Against this backdrop, the transatlantic relationship has once again taken on an importance that goes beyond merely maintaining warm diplomatic relations between allied nations. At a time when nearly every day brings another direct challenge to democratic aspirations and basic human rights, much of this on the doorstep of NATO and EU, many see lock-step collaboration with the U.S. as essential.
What, however, is the U.S. perspective on the coming back of ‘big issues’ on the international scene, particularly in light of the upcoming presidential elections? If Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid relied upon promises to bring troops back from Iraq and pivoting to Asia, what will be on the candidates’ agenda for 2016? How will the transatlantic relationship fit into the picture? And what effect will the underlying questions about economic recovery have on the rest of the debate?
By kind invitation of Damian Collins MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a meeting with Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana. Governor Jindal will offer his thoughts on the state of the transatlantic relationship, focusing on the likely nature of future cooperation on the major geopolitical challenges of our day. The issues that he will address in this context will include response to radical Islam, the growing aggressiveness of Russia, and the state of global economics.
Bobby Jindal is Governor of Louisiana, having been sworn into office on January 14, 2008, after a landslide election win.
A graduate of Brown University who attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Governor Jindal has served as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, before having been elected into the 109th United States Congress, representing the First District of Louisiana.
In Congress Governor Jindal was elected Freshman Class President and served on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the House Committee on Resources. In 2008, he led the historic response to Hurricane Gustav by successfully moving 1.9 million people out of harms’ way, the largest evacuation of citizens in the history of the United States.
Governor Jindal’s first term as Governor of Louisiana was focused on growing the state’s private sector economy by improving the state’s business climate. He led initiatives to overhaul Louisiana’s historically lax ethics code, revamp the state’s workforce development system and eliminate burdensome business taxes. During the second term in office, Governor Jindal’s priority has been tackling education reform.