For over 80 years, the United States has assumed the primary leadership role in the world. The U.S. served as a symbol and actor for a collection of values; above all, for peace and prosperity and an economic order that did not benefit only its own interest. The “America First” policies have radically impacted the foreign policy of the United States, drawing into question the global leadership role it has held – and helped create – over eight decades ago. The trajectory was uncertain, however, it was Russia's unprovoked invasion into Ukraine that has shown that the long-standing bond of trust with European friends and allies and within NATO can be mended and show strength in times of need.
Keeping the Transatlantic Alliance strong is crucial
This planet faces enormous threats: nuclear ambitions, terrorism, energy-security, climate change or authoritarian regimes and conflict, they all compete for attention and resources and can only be solved with an collaborative, cooperative, and inclusive transatlantic relationship. These challenges have an urgency that contemporary politics and traditional settings are unable or unwilling to address. New ways of collaboration must take shape to address these matters. Therefore, it is our goal to engage and convene transatlantic and international lawmakers, experts, civic actors, and future leaders to generate new ideas and policy recommendations.