Carnegie Mellon University

President Joe Biden's Foreign Policy: A panel discussion with IPS Senior Fellow Richard Grenell

Friday, March 26, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on Zoom
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Join us for a panel discussion of President Joe Biden's foreign-policy agenda. Richard Grenell, the former US Ambassador to Germany, former acting Director of National Intelligence, and IPS Senior Fellow, will moderate the discussion. Joining him will be:

  • Berat Buzhala, journalist and CEO of Gazeta Express.
  • Bojan Pancevski, Germany correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
  • Matthew Karnitschnig, chief Europe correspondent for POLITICO.

About Richard Grenell

Richard Grenell joined the Institute for Politics and Strategy in July 2020. In his role as Senior Fellow, he will develop projects concentrating on the new Europe and the global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.

Prior to joining IPS, Grenell served as Ambassador to Germany, Presidential Envoy for Kosovo-Serbia, and Acting Director of National Intelligence. In that role, which he held from February to May 2020, Grenell oversaw the seventeen agencies in the intelligence community, and served as the principal advisor to the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters. During his short tenure, Grenell dramatically reformed the Office of the DNI, moving it toward an agency that coordinates intelligence rather than functioning as a competing body. 

As US Ambassador to Germany from May 2018 until May 2020, Grenell pressed Germany to increase its defense budget to meet NATO guidelines and worked to ensure the security of shared intelligence as the nation fielded bids for 5G mobile-Internet infrastructure.  

From 2001 to 2008, Grenell served as the United States spokesperson at the United Nations. His time at the UN coincided with worldwide upheaval following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He crafted communications strategies related to the war or terror, Middle East conflict, nuclear proliferation and the security of Israel. 

In 2004, Grenell was appointed as an alternate representative to the UN Security Council with full voting rights and privileges.

In 2010, Grenell founded the international consulting firm Capitol Media Partners. He has contributed to Fox News, and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, CNN and The Washington Times. He previously taught at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications.

Grenell holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Public Administration from Evangel University. 

About Bojan Pancevski

Bojan Pancevski is The Wall Street Journal's Germany Correspondent, covering all aspects of Europe’s largest economy and its influence on the rest of the continent and beyond.

Before joining the WSJ he covered Europe for The Sunday Times from Brussels and Vienna, focusing on subjects as diverse as the war in Eastern Ukraine, the 2015 migration crisis, the rise of Islamic terror, Russian meddling in Europe, and Britain’s departure from the European Union.

About Berat Buzhala

Berat Buzhala was born in 1975, in Klina, Republic of Kosovo. Buzhala is a journalist and CEO of Gazeta Express online news portal based in Prishtina.

Buzhala belongs to a young generation of Kosovar journalists established after the end of the Kosovo War. He initially worked as an economics journalist in the daily newspaper Zeri before moving to another newspaper, Koha Ditore.

In 2005 Buzhala was one of the founders of the daily newspaper Gazeta Express. In its first months of existence, Daily Express, the MediaWorks flagship product, has rapidly entered into public discourse in Kosovo, providing relevant and well-researched articles and authoritative opinion pieces.

The professionalism of Express was noted abroad as well – only in the last few weeks global media brands such as The New York Times, Time magazine, The Economist, Associated Press, etc. have all referred to Daily Express pieces and photos in their coverage of events in Kosovo.

Since going exclusively online in 2013, under Buzhala’s Leadership, Gazeta Express became the number one media portal in the Balkans. Gazeta Express provides readers with the latest news, interviews, op-ed, reports, and trending social stories, in both Albanian and English. The content of is updated continuously within twenty-four hours by a highly professional staff of journalists that work exclusively for Gazeta Express. There is a variety of sections that cover a range of interests and fields such as politics, op-ed, national, economics, world and region, sports, local and international showbiz, arts, and so on. Gazeta Express is listed by World Economic Forum as one of the most popular websites in the world.

In March 2018, Buzhala with his partners founded Kosovo’s newest television T7.

For a short period of time he was a former Kosovo Member of Parliament. After four years as MP he decided to leave politics and focus on developing Gazeta Express.

He works and lives in Pristina.

About Matthew Karnitschnig

Matthew Karnitschnig is POLITICO’s chief Europe correspondent, based in Berlin. He joined the publication in 2015 from the Wall Street Journal, where he spent fifteen years in a variety of positions as a reporter and editor in the US and Europe.

In a career spanning two decades, Karnitschnig has been on the front lines of some of the defining political and economic stories of our time. In 2008, he covered the fall of Lehman Brothers and the financial crisis that ensued. He was part of a team of Journal reporters that won a Gerald Loeb Award and was named a Pulitzer finalist for National Reporting in 2009.

He subsequently spearheaded the WSJ’s coverage of the eurozone debt crisis as the paper’s Germany bureau chief and European economics editor. He led the team that was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 2011 and won an Overseas Press Club award in 2012.

Karnitschnig previously worked as a journalist for BusinessWeek, Reuters and Bloomberg.

The son of an Austrian father and American mother, he grew up in Arizona, where he got his start reporting as a stringer for the Phoenix Gazette during high school.