Rizzo, Rachel

Rizzo, Rachel

Director of Programmes, Truman Centre for National Security, Washington, D.C.

Rachel Rizzo is the Director of Programs at the Truman Center for National Policy and an Adjunct Fellow with the Center for a New American Security's Transatlantic Security Program. From 2019-2020 she spent a year in Berlin, Germany as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, where she served as a visiting fellow at the German Bundestag, and in the Berlin office of Human Rights Watch leading their work on EU dual-use surveillance technology export policy. Ms Rizzo's research centers primarily on European security, NATO, and the Transatlantic relationship. She is the author of numerous reports focusing on various aspects of the US-European partnership, and her writing has appeared in publications such as Politico, Foreign Policy, Defense One, The Hill, and The National Interest. She is also a frequent commentator on European security and US foreign policy and has provided analysis for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, the LA Times, and The Atlantic, among others. She began her career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.


Wednesday 16 June

  • Climate Change & Global Security: A Closer Relationship Than One Might Think?

    How can the defence sector best contribute to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions? How do industry and military come together to reduce the carbon footprint of major deployment operations? How should Western countries better incentivize larger emerging countries to be more accepting of more green-oriented military policies? Should the armed forces assess the training of future soldiers to integrate more civilian applications to better respond to climate disasters?

    • Guy, Kate
    • Vivekananda, Janani
    • Verbeek, Alexander
    • Moran, Brian
    • Rizzo, Rachel


    Grand Hotel River Park

Thursday 17 June

  • NATO 2030: How to get there?

    • Heusgen, Christoph
    • Mulligan, Katrina
    • Braže, Baiba
    • Rizzo, Rachel
    • Naď, Jaroslav
    • Šekerinska Jankovska, Radmila
    • Sajjan, Harjit Singh
    • Dozier, Kimberly

    What has NATO overlooked when trying to prepare for the next black swan event? How can the private sector and NATO better collaborate to understand emerging geopolitical and technopolitical challenges? How should the findings of the NATO 2030 report be applied to strengthen NATO’s position vis-à-vis China and Russia?

    Expert's insights by:

    • Amb. Christopher Heusgen, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations
    • Katharina Mulligan, Director, National Security, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.
    • Ambassador Baiba Braže, Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    • Led by: Rachel Rizzo, Adjunct Fellow, Center for a New American Security, Washington, D.C.

    Followed by a panel discussion:

    What is NATO’s role in helping support Allies foster innovation ecosystems to quickly adopt new technologies? How can NATO and its Allies protect and embed our values in new standards for the safe and ethical use of emerging disruptive technologies? Against the backdrop of the ongoing transatlantic economic hardships, how can Allies better pool resources and maintain fair burden-sharing? What does future transatlantic collaboration between the public sector and private sector resemble when it comes to addressing long-term challenges?

    • H.E. Jaroslav Naď, Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    • H.E. Tibor Benkő, Minister of Defence of Hungary
    • H.E. Radmila Šekerinska, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia
    • Led by: Kim Dozier, CNN Global Affairs Analyst, Washington, D.C.

    Maria Theresia

    Grand Hotel River Park
    Live broadcast