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About the Center on the United States and Europe

In recent years, Europe has faced a series of extraordinary challenges, including the euro crisis, a revisionist Russia, the refugee crisis, the erosion of liberal democracy of Central and Eastern Europe, populism, Brexit, and an increasingly difficult relationship with Turkey. Meanwhile, the role of the United States in European affairs and the health of the trans-Atlantic partnership have been called into question by lessened U.S. engagement on Europe, sharp U.S. critiques of European partners for a lack of burden-sharing on security, and critical European views on U.S. leadership and economic power. These challenges and trends have serious implications for the trans-Atlantic cooperation in support of liberal international order that is vital to U.S. and European interests.

The mission of the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) is to offer independent research and recommendations for U.S. and European policymakers, foster high-level U.S.-European dialogue on the changes in Europe and the global challenges that affect trans-Atlantic relations, and convene seminars and public forums on policy-relevant issues. CUSE’s research program currently focuses on trans-Atlantic relations, the future of the European Union, Russia, Turkey, and challenges to democracy. CUSE scholars produce books, research papers for Brookings Foreign Policy’s The New Geopolitics series, and commentary for Brookings and other outlets.

The Center convenes several forums throughout the year in conjunction with a range of European partners. These include the annual Raymond Aron Lecture, featuring a leading French scholar; the Daimler U.S.-European Forum on Global Issues, a high-level, bi-annual dialogue for leading experts and government officials to inform policy decisions and strengthen trans-Atlantic relations; and the CUSE Annual Conference, which brings together scholars and policymakers to examine the evolving roles of the United States and Europe in the global arena.

A crucial part of the Center’s work is its partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative is a comprehensive multi-year project of applied research and programming aimed at reinvigorating trans-Atlantic collaboration on global issues. As part of the initiative, CUSE produces the quarterly Trans-Atlantic Scorecard, which pairs a survey of Brookings and other experts with a data-based “snapshot” of the trans-Atlantic relations over the previous three calendar months.


The substantive work of CUSE is carried out by an accomplished team of scholars on Europe, as well as other Brookings scholars from various disciplines. This team includes, in residence at Brookings:

Thomas Wright, Director, Center on the United States and Europe and Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy
Strobe Talbott, former Brookings President and Distinguished Fellow in Residence
Célia Belin, Visiting Fellow
Giovanna De Maio, Visiting Fellow
James Goldgeier, Robert Bosch Senior Visiting Fellow
Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe
James Kirchick, Visiting Fellow
Kemal Kirişci, TÜSIAD Senior Fellow
Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow
Amanda Sloat, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow
Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow; Kissinger Chair on Foreign Policy and International Relations, Library of Congress

Other scholars with CUSE affiliations include:

Pavel K. Baev, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carlo Bastasin, Nonresident Senior Fellow
William Drozdiak, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Paolo Gentiloni, Distinguished Fellow
Molly Montgomergy, Nonresident Fellow
Victoria Nuland, Nonresident Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor to the Director of Foreign Policy
Steven Pifer, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Jeremy Shapiro, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Javier Solana, Distinguished Fellow
Angela Stent, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Torrey Taussig, Nonresident Fellow

CUSE Staff

Natalie Britton, Associate Director
Filippos Letsas, Senior Research Assistant
Sam Denney, Senior Research Assistant


The Center sustains its activities through the generous support of private foundations, corporations, governments, and individuals. These friends of the Center respect our scholars’ commitment to independent, nonpartisan research and publication, and to maintaining the highest level of integrity in pursuit of our mission. A full list of Brookings Institution contributors is provided in the Brookings Annual Report.

For more information about supporting the CUSE, please contact Associate Director Natalie Britton at

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