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Policy Dialogue
Stronger together: A strategy to revitalise Transatlantic Power

Thursday, 15 April 2021


Anthony Gardner
Former United States Ambassador to the European Union
Daniela Schwarzer
Director, German Council on Foreign Relations
Janis Emmanouilidis
Director of Studies, European Policy Centre
Nicholas Burns
Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations; Faculty Chair, Project on Europe & Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School
Sabine Weyand
Director-General, DG Trade, European Commission


Shada Islam
Senior Adviser, European Policy Centre

Close transatlantic cooperation is of strategic importance at a time when Western democratic and economic systems are under increasing pressure. Both the United States and the European Union need to put effort into reviving economic and political ties and act together to defend the values that the liberal world order represents. Where do US and European interests converge and diverge? What are the opportunities and obstacles for enhancing cooperation? How can democratic countries address a more assertive China and Russia? What can be done to meet the demands of emerging technologies, and a global trading system in flux? This Policy Dialogue, organized by the European Policy Centre, in cooperation with the Harvard Kennedy School and the German Council on Foreign Relations, sought to answer some of these questions.  


The panelists, explored current challenges to the transatlantic relationship, as well as the opportunities that a Biden Administration offers to renew the ties between Europe and the US as the new administration was approaching its first 100 days in office. The discussion built on the findings of a new report – accessible here – developed as part of a year-long reflection exercise by a Strategy Group of experts and former government officials convened by the Harvard Kennedy School and the German Council on Foreign Relations.


The Policy Dialogue was moderated by Shada Islam, Senior Adviser at European Policy Centre.

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