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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 COVID-19 pandemic, the euro crisis, the refugee crisis, Brexit, the rise of populist and nationalist movements across the continent, the erosion of liberal democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, a revisionist Russia, 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, and critical European views on U.S. leadership, trade policies, and commitment to international agreements. These challenges and trends have serious implications for trans-Atlantic cooperation in support of a 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 developments in Europe and global challenges that affect trans-Atlantic relations, and convene seminars and public forums on policy-relevant issues. The Center’s research program currently focuses on (1) institutional relations between the United States and the European Union; (2) bilateral relations between the United States and several key European states; and (3) transnational developments within and across the United States and Europe, including COVID-19, populism, China’s increasing role in Europe, and the role of technology in the transatlantic relationship. CUSE scholars produce books, research papers for Brookings Foreign Policy’s The New Geopolitics series and Global China project, and commentaries for Brookings and other outlets.

The Center convenes several 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, and the Daimler U.S.-European Forum on Global Issues, a high-level, bi-annual dialogue for leading analysts and government officials to inform policy decisions and strengthen trans-Atlantic relations. As part of the Batkin International Leaders Forum, the Center also hosts European leaders at Brookings for major policy addresses.

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 trans-Atlantic relations over the previous three calendar months, and policy-relevant publications on issues pertaining to transatlantic cooperation.

Experts

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

Thomas Wright, CUSE Director and Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy
Célia Belin, Visiting Fellow
James Goldgeier, Robert Bosch Senior Visiting Fellow
Fiona Hill, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow
James Kirchick, Visiting Fellow
Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Fellow, Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and trans-Atlantic Relations
Strobe Talbott,  Distinguished Fellow and Former Brookings President

Other scholars with CUSE affiliations include:

Pavel K. Baev, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Carlo Bastasin, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Giovanna De Maio, Nonresident Fellow
Paolo Gentiloni, Distinguished Fellow (Leave of Absence)
Kemal Kirişci, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Victoria Nuland, Nonresident Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor to the Director of Foreign Policy
Steven Pifer, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Douglas Rediker, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Jeremy Shapiro, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Javier Solana, Distinguished Fellow
Angela Stent, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Ömer Taşpınar, Nonresident Senior Fellow
Torrey Taussig, Nonresident Fellow

CUSE Staff

Natalie Britton, Associate Director
Sam Denney, Senior Research Assistant
Agneska Bloch, Senior Research Assistant
Lucy Seavey, Research Assistant

Inquiries

For more information about CUSE, please contact Associate Director Natalie Britton at nbritton@brookings.edu.

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