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 current “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. Long-standing bonds of trust with friends and allies have been damaged to a degree that will require time, patience, and strength to repair.
Saving the Transatlantic Alliance 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.