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Transatlantic Relations: Past, Present, and Future

7 May 2018 @ 9:00 am – 9 May 2018 @ 7:00 pm Europe/Rome Timezone
Villa Schifanoia
Via Giovanni Boccaccio
121, 50133 Firenze FI
Matthias Kindel

This Executive Training Seminar will examine the current state of transatlantic relations. The transatlantic alliance between the United States and its European partners has been essential for global peace, security, and stability since the end of World War II. But a number of developments are placing doubts on the centrality of the alliance on both sides of the Atlantic. The U.S. “rebalance” to Asia and the election of Donald Trump have raised questions about America’s commitment to European security. Transatlantic economic relations, including the future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also reveal differences between the United States and Europe. Bringing together academic specialists, policymakers, and think tank experts, this three-day seminar will offer an in-depth overview of the scale and scope of issues currently facing the transatlantic alliance, and outlines possible measures that the United States and Europe could take to address these challenges. Topics include the future of U.S. grand strategy and its implications for Europe, EU initiatives to build independent security and defense capabilities, transatlantic relations and Russia, transatlantic economic relations, and transatlantic relations in the era of Donald Trump. Through presentations, case studies, and simulations, attendees will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the complex set of issues currently facing transatlantic relations and the policy responses that will be needed to address these issues.




Draft Programme



Monday, 7 May 2018

U.S. Grand Strategy and Transatlantic Relations I: The Case for Restraint | TBD

U.S. Grand Strategy and Transatlantic Relations II: The Case for Engagement | Stephen Brooks (Dartmouth College)




Tuesday, 8 May 2018

EU Security and Defense Policy: Progress and Prospects | Nathalie Tocci (Director of Istituto Affari Internazionali and Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini)

Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Donald Trump | Jeremy Shapiro (European Council on Foreign Relations)



Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Transatlantic Relations and Russia | Ivan Krastev (Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM))

Transatlantic Economic Relations | TBD