Transatlantic Defense Partnership at Stake?
Geostrategic Changes,
Economic Trends,
and Mutual Defense


Presenters' Biographies

Renaud Bellais is Chief Economist Public Affairs France, Airbus Group (Paris),Renaud attended the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille in 1994 and received a PhD in economics on “Public investment, technology and innovation: the case of arms production and its interaction with commercial activities” at the Université du Littoral. Before joining Airbus Group, he was a lecturer in economics at the Université du Littoral and project manager (2000-2004) in the Centre des Hautes Etudes de l’Armement of DGA, the French Defense Procurement Agency.

Peter Chase is a Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund, based in Brussels. He recently left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after six years as its Senior Representative in Europe. Prior to joining the Chamber, Mr. Chase was a U.S. diplomat for 30 years, working extensively on transatlantic economic policy issues between 1992 and 2010. During his diplomatic career, he also served 1990-92 as Director for Investment Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and as Legislative Assistant for Economic Policy and Foreign Affairs with Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ). Mr. Chase, who grew up in Taiwan, received his Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language
and Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1976 and his Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in 1978. He was married and has three grown daughters.

Edward Hunter Christie is a Defense Economist at NATO. An economist by training, he worked as a research economist, with a focus on Eastern Europe, at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies from 2002 to 2010. After a period working for industry and in EU public affairs, he joined NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division in December 2014.

Ethan Corbin is the Director of the Defence and Security Committee at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He completed his doctorate in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in May, 2013. Prior to joining the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Ethan was a Lecturer in political international relations at Tufts University. His research interests include US foreign policy, international security, international organizations, and Middle Eastern politics. From 2011-2013, Ethan was a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Ethan has published on topics ranging from Syrian foreign policy, peacekeeping operations, and insurgency and counter-insurgency warfare. Ethan has also worked for the State Department and the Department of Defense.

Eugene Gholz is an associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. He works primarily at the intersection of national security and economic policy, on subjects including innovation, defense management, and U.S. grand strategy. From 2010-2012, he served in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. He is the coauthor of two books: Buying Military Transformation: Technological Innovation and the Defense Industry, and U.S. Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Williams College, the University of Kentucky, and George Mason University; and his Ph.D. is from MIT.

Binyam Salomon is Senior Defence Scientist, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis- Defence R&D Canada and Team Leader, Defence Economics Team at National Defence Headquarters. Mr. Solomon joined the public service in 1990 as a research analyst with the Time Series Analysis Division of Statistics Canada (SC) and later as a Statistician for the transportation division. He has previously worked for the Assistant Deputy Minister Finance as Chief Economist and head of the Defence Economics Research and Analysis section as well as the Policy group. Mr. Solomon holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa and a Ph
D in Defence Economics from the University of York, UK. He has also completed courses in Defense Resource Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and Peacekeeping Management and Command Course from the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Nova Scotia. He is an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University and RMC and co-Director of the Institute for Defence Resource Management (IDRM).

Tomáš Valášek is the director of Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on security and defense, transatlantic relations, and Europe’s Eastern neighborhood.Previously, Valášek served as the permanent representative of the Slovak Republic to NATO for nearly four years. Before that, he was president of the Central European Policy Institute in Bratislava (2012–2013), director of foreign policy and defense at the Centre for European Reform in London (2007–2012), and founder and director of the Brussels office of the World Security Institute (2002–2006). In 2006– 2007, he served as acting political director and head of the security and defense policy division at the Slovak Ministry of Defense. He advised the Slovak defense and foreign ministers, the UK House of Lords, and the Group of Experts on the new NATO Strategic Concept.