The mission of Brookings’s Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) is to offer independent research and recommendations for policymakers, foster high-level dialogue on developments in Europe and global challenges that affect trans-Atlantic relations, and convene roundtables, workshops, and public forums on policy-relevant issues.

CUSE’s research program focuses on:

  • the implications of the war in Ukraine for Europe, the United States, and their relationships with third powers;
  • Russia and its relations with the West;
  • bilateral relations between the United States and key European states, including France, Germany, and Turkey; and
  • transnational developments within and across the United States and Europe, including China’s increasing role in Europe, institutional and democratic crises, and the role of technology in the trans-Atlantic relationship.

CUSE scholars produce books, research papers, and commentaries for Brookings and other outlets. Together with the Strobe Talbott Center on Security, Strategy, and Technology, CUSE is currently co-producing a paper series on the implications of the war in Ukraine.

CUSE convenes public and private events throughout the year in conjunction with a range of European and U.S. partners, including the annual Raymond Aron Lecture, featuring a leading French scholar, the annual Justice Stephen Breyer Lecture on International Law, the Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs, a working group on the Russia-Ukraine War, and a high-level, biannual dialogue for leading analysts and government officials to inform policy decisions and strengthen trans-Atlantic relations.


The substantive work of CUSE is carried out by a diverse and experienced team of scholars on Europe and trans-Atlantic relations, as well as other Brookings scholars from various disciplines. This team includes (in residence at Brookings):

Constanze Stelzenmüller, Director, Senior Fellow, and Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic Relations
Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Visiting Fellow
James Goldgeier, Visiting Fellow
Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow
Tara Varma, Visiting Fellow

Other scholars with CUSE affiliations include:

Pavel K. Baev, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carlo Bastasin, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Célia Belin, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Daniel S. Hamilton, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Kemal Kirişci, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Steven Pifer, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Douglas Rediker, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Jeremy Shapiro, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Angela Stent, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Strobe Talbott, Distinguished Fellow and Former Brookings President
Javier Solana, Distinguished Fellow
Paolo Gentiloni, Distinguished Fellow (Leave of Absence)

CUSE Staff

Ted Reinert, Assistant Director
Caroline Grassmuck, Research Assistant
Sophie Roehse, Research Assistant

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