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Back to what? Trans-Atlantic relations in the Biden era

Past Event

The Biden administration has signaled to its European partners that the United States is ready to recommit to alliances, international cooperation, and the trans-Atlantic relationship. Meanwhile, however, it continues to prioritize China and the Indo-Pacific. Given this dynamic, where does Europe fit into Biden’s foreign policy agenda? Can the United States and Europe responsibly engage non-democracies to tackle shared global threats? How does the Biden administration’s domestic framing of “foreign policy for the middle class” affect the United States’ ability to cooperate with Europe?

On June 11, as President Biden embarked on his first overseas trip to the United Kingdom to participate in the G-7 Leaders’ Summit, the Center on United States and Europe at Brookings hosted two panel discussions on these questions, as well as a keynote conversation with former U.K. Foreign Secretary and current CEO and President of International Rescue Committee David Miliband.

This event was part of the Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative, which aims to build up and expand resilient networks and trans-Atlantic activities to analyze and work on issues concerning trans-Atlantic relations and social cohesion in Europe and the United States.

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Agenda

Welcome remarks

Henry Alt-Haaker

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Robert Bosch Academy - Robert Bosch Stiftung

Keynote conversation

Panel 1 – Should the administration be more ambitious in trans-Atlantic relations?

Panel 2 – Is Biden’s “foreign policy for the middle class” good for Europe?

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