On Wednesday, January 31, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology hosted a debate on the future of the transatlantic relationship. This debate, convened by the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program and the Charles Koch Institute, in partnership with POLITICO, is the third debate in a series of thematic debates on America’s role in the world.
Hosted in cities around the United States, this series seeks to foster a vigorous, civil, and constructive national discussion on the future of American foreign policy. The Atlanta debate will address the future of the Euro-Atlantic partnership, how the United States should engage diplomatically, military, and economically in Europe in the 21st century, how America and European nations can partner on global issues, and the scope for greater burden-sharing between the United States and its European allies.
Joseph Bankoff, chair of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, opened the event, followed by introductory remarks from General Philip Breedlove, 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe. The debate was moderated by Michael Crowley, national security editor at Politico.
Ford International Professor of Political Science - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chief Executive Officer - Center for a New American Security
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Among those in the current US administration, President Macron is perceived to be a solid partner. Not only do Macron and President Trump have personal chemistry, which was seen by all during Trump’s trip to France last summer, but Macron’s decision to team with the US and UK in striking Syrian chemical weapons facilities recently demonstrated solidarity on a key security priority… Getting the United States to stick with the Iran nuclear accord will be Macron’s top priority during his visit to Washington but the prospects for a major breakthrough are unclear… It’s helpful that Macron and President Trump have personal rapport. It’s uncertain, however, if this will be enough to overcome the hardline posture Trump has taken towards Iran.