The Future of Transatlantic Relations


The United States and Europe are in a period of transformation and redefinition of their relationship to each other, and to world order, that is likely to be profound. The Transatlantic Leadership Network is committed to address contemporary challenges and future prospects of this vital partnership through a range of activities, with particular emphasis on the future of NATO, U.S.-EU relations, and continued efforts to advance a Europe whole, free, and at peace.

Energy Security

The Transatlantic Leadership Network engages the strategic terrain of energy from different Atlantic angles. This includes: the role of energy in U.S.–European relations; the strategic importance of energy for Central and Eastern Europe and in relations with Russia and Eurasia; the emerging role of the Atlantic Basin as a major global energy reservoir; the importance of Eastern Mediterranean energy discoveries.

The Future of NATO

On April 4, 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization celebrated its 70th anniversary. Since its founding with twelve members in 1949 NATO has been enlarged in several stages to now include twenty-seven European countries, the United States, and Canada. Four countries — Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, and Ukraine — are officially designated as aspiring members, and an additional 21 countries participate in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program.

The Alliance has recently reinforced its presence in Eastern Europe to counter aggressive Russian behavior. Members have committed to reach or maintain defense spending of at least 2% of GDP by 2024. Reaching that goal, and how the outlays should best be spent, remain high on the NATO agenda; as does the performance of alliance command structures.

U.S.-EU Relations

The U.S.-EU relationship is among the most complex and multi-layered economic, diplomatic, societal and security relationship that either partner has. Networks of interdependence across the Atlantic have become so dense that they transcend “foreign” relations and reach deeply into our societies. Nonetheless, the two parties struggle to make their relationship truly strategic. TLN explores these issues.

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