MSC 2018: Transatlantic burden-sharing in the age of “America First”
- Foreign and security policy experts discuss the future of European-U.S. relations
Stuttgart / Munich, 16 February 2018. As part of the Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative (BBTI), the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH in cooperation with the Brookings Institution and in partnership with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is organizing a side event at this year’s 54th Munich Security Conference. Speakers at the event are Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations, Victoria Nuland, Chief Executive Officer of CNAS, and Ivan Krastev, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow and Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia. Participants at the round table also include the two Robert Bosch Senior Fellows at Brookings, Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller and Dr. Amanda Sloat. The discussion will focus on the future of transatlantic relations and advance the current burden-sharing debate between Europe and the US in the age of “America First”. It will be moderated by Thomas Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, and Julianne Smith, Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS. To encourage a frank exchange, the event will be conducted under the Chatham House rule.
About the Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative
In 2017, the Robert Bosch Stiftung expanded its existing cooperation with the Brookings Institution, which began in 2013 with the establishment of Constanze Stelzenmüller’s senior fellowship. The BBTI aims to build and expand resilient networks, to contribute to sustained dialogue between the United States and Europe, and to inform critical policy debates for policymakers and the general public alike. The Robert Bosch Senior Fellows are also available for media requests with regard to current issues in transatlantic relations.
In its first year, the BBTI’s programmatic focused on the resurgence of nationalism and xenophobia in European politics with a comparative perspective on similar developments in the United States. Other items on the agenda include the future of the EU, as well as social cohesion in Europe and the United States.
About the Robert Bosch Senior Fellows at Brookings
The Robert Bosch senior fellow positions at Brookings were established in collaboration with the Robert Bosch Stiftung to explore a broad range of issues shaping U.S.-European relations and Europe’s economic, political, and security future. The two Robert Bosch senior fellows bring different regional and programmatic expertise to the table: Constanze Stelzenmüller is an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy. Amanda Sloat has served in the U.S. government for nearly a decade, with high-level experience and expertise on Turkey and Southern Europe, British politics, the European Union’s foreign policy, and transatlantic relations.
Constanze Stelzenmüller and Amanda Sloat, together with other colleagues at Brookings, contribute to the BBTI through their work to develop solutions to address the most pressing transatlantic issues of our time. Recent BBTI publications include Ms. Stelzenmüller’s paper “Normal is Over” on the current state of transatlantic relations, and Ms. Sloat’s report, “The West’s Turkey Conundrum”, which examines the main domestic and regional challenges facing Turkey and how these issues affect the country’s relations with its Western allies.