A PUBLIC EVENT VIA ZOOM
Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
12-1pm EST / 18-19 CET
In the area of foreign and security policy, the EU is facing major challenges. Expectations are particularly high in this field, as Ursula von der Leyen defined her commission as a “geopolitical commission”. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU is following von der Leyen’s vision of a geopolitical commission and wants to build up the EU’s foreign policy muscle. How can the EU establish itself as an independent actor among Russia, China, and the USA, while continuing to maintain its fundamental commitment to multilateralism and cooperation?
Foreign policy under US President Trump was transactional, disruptive, and unilateral, mainly shaped by Trump’s erratic personal intuition. President-elect Biden promises to bring back a more traditional take on international relations based on institutions and shared Western democratic values. Biden’s approach to American allies and his belief in multilateralism leads Europeans to expect transatlantic relations will once again become more enjoyable and constructive. A return to the WHO, the Paris agreement, and the Iran deal are key areas of involvement for the United States to demonstrate a post-Trump commitment to multilateralism, and for the US and EU to work together in a cooperative manner.
What can EU and the new US administration expect from each other? What domestic implications will impact US foreign and security policy. How can transatlantic relations be revived and what role to play for the EU?
Questions? Contact: Sidonie.Wetzig(at)fes-europe.eu
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