With a U.S. Administration still popular across Europe and a new Lisbon Treaty designed to enhance the diplomatic reach of the European Union, transatlantic relations should now be at their best in years. But this is clearly not the case, with the strategic partners often looking in opposite directions. While the United States channels its foreign policy attention on the war in Afghanistan, counterterrorism and nuclear non-proliferation, Europe is turning inward. Despite its ambitions, the European Union has yet to achieve the great global role to which it aspires, or to be the global partner that Washington seeks. Moreover, the Greek financial crisis has raised questions about the very survival of the European project.
On June 2, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings and the Heinrich Böll Foundation hosted experts and top officials from both sides of the Atlantic for the 2010 CUSE Annual Conference. Panelists explored critical issues shaping the future of transatlantic relations in the post-Lisbon Treaty era, including Europe’s Eastern neighborhood and the role Russia plays, and the impact of the Eurozone crisis.
After each panel, participants took audience questions.
Senior Vice President, Director of the Europe Program - Center for Strategic and International Studies
Co-founder and Director, European Council on Foreign Relations - Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy
Director, Department of Studies and Analysis, Presidency of the Spanish Government
Chairman of the Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies
Senior Fellow - German Marshall Fund of the United States
Director, Policy Planning Staff, French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Senior Fellow and Director of Research, Center on the United States and Europe
Co-President, Heinrich Böll Foundation
Former Brookings Expert
Professor and Director, European Union Program, Princeton University
Professor and Director of EU Research Center, George Washington University
President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
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[President Trump's counterparts fear that Americans] do not feel they need to lead the world anymore... The United States is still the dominant power out there – the Atlantic alliance is still alive. But [Trump's] foreign policy weakened some of the elements.