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Sixty Minute Briefing
EU-US relations - Prospects for the transatlantic partnership






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UPCOMING EVENT
Thursday, 28 January 2021
 16:00 - 17:00
By invitation only

Speakers

Constanze Stelzenmüller
Senior Fellow-Foreign Policy Centre on the United States & Europe, Brookings Institution




Moderator

David O’Sullivan
Former EU Ambassador to the United States Chairman of the Governing Board, EPC


During the Trump presidency Euro-Atlantic relations deteriorated to an unprecedented level. President-elect Joe Biden’s victory has opened the door to rebuilding transatlantic ties. Expectations are high that the new president will strongly back multilateral cooperation and work more closely with allies, especially the EU. While most EU leaders are hoping for a rapid return to a strong partnership, some challenges will remain. Although the Biden administration has signalled that it intends to re-join the Paris Agreement, the World Health Organisation and the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), there will be some areas where alignment will be difficult to achieve, for example, when it comes to policy towards China. The new geopolitical reality brings new opportunities for the EU to enhance its strategic role but also requires a greater share of global responsibilities. How does the EU envision the future of the transatlantic relationship and what will be the top priorities on the renewed joint agenda? To what extent could domestic challenges distract Washington from asserting greater global leadership?

This on-line Policy Briefing will look at prospects for EU-US relations under the Biden presidency, as well as the challenges and opportunities, with a focus on trade, climate, and security and defence.

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