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Transatlantic Values at a Crossroads: Contemporary Leadership Challenges

Aspen España and Aspen Institute US are collaborating to sponsor the third annual Aspen España Leadership Seminar: “Transatlantic Values at a Crossroads: Contemporary Leadership Challenges”. This seminar builds on the themes of the classic Aspen Seminar but looks at the current economic and political crisis through a specifically European lens.

A substantial portion of the seminar readings are from Spanish and other European authors and are designed to help clarify our current predicament and to explore what courses of values-based action leaders might follow. Texts to be considered include works by Cervantes, Ortega y Gasset, Mario Vargas Llosa, Hannah Arendt, Rousseau, George Soros, Pope John Paul II, Amartya Sen, and Jean Monnet. This seminar will appeal to European leaders in business, government, and NGOs, as well as Aspen alumni who do business in Europe, who are keen to understand our current political and economic crisis from a European perspective, and who have an interest in the contemporary challenges to democratic capitalism. The seminar will be moderated by Dr. Todd Breyfogle, Director of Seminars, Aspen Institute US.

Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda ( is one of the Royal archival treasures of Spain, set in one of the most picturesque towns of Andalusia.

“The Seminars’ readings were chosen to give us certain understandings of moral issues, and then to present us with the problems inherent in that position in a subsequent reading. This foundation is critical for leaders hoping to understand nuance and channel that understanding toward the common good.”
—2011 participant Enrique Mora Benavente, Spanish Diplomat

Event information
Thu Oct 20, 2016 - Sun Oct 23, 2016