The United States is safer, more prosperous, and more influential in the world when we cooperate and coordinate with our European allies and partners. Today, our historically close relationship with Europe is under strain. Transatlantic partners are concerned that Washington no longer values the relationship and has lost sight of the importance of continuing close collaboration. The current uncertainty in the relationship and its points of contention—including international trade, Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and defense spending—threaten to undermine European security.
Meanwhile, Europe itself is divided. Although the EU has demonstrated its resilience in the face of a series of crises—including the Eurozone crisis, migration, Brexit, and democratic decline in some European Union and NATO member states—these challenges have created fissures. Russian aggression and growing Chinese involvement only further complicate the picture.
These trends generate questions about the future of US foreign policy in Europe and our ability to advance shared values and assure mutual security. The mission of the Transatlantic Security Program is to help decision-makers understand, anticipate, and respond to these challenges.
The Transatlantic Security Program offers comprehensive analysis and concrete recommendations to help US and European policymakers navigate changing relationships and shifting contexts to improve outcomes. We do this by working closely with our network of current and former US and European government officials, private sector partners, and academic experts to translate cutting edge research into policy solutions. We foster high-level US-European dialogue, convene seminars and public forums, and engage with media and citizens outside of Washington—through our Across the Pond, In the Field Initiative—to shape the context in which policies are made.
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Transatlantic Forum on Russia
The Transatlantic Forum on Russia is a CNAS project that will convene working groups focused on a range of priority issue areas and generate ideas for how the U.S. and Europe can both confront and engage the Kremlin in key domains including arms control and strategic stability, sanctions, anti-corruption, Ukraine and the Eastern neighborhood, the Arctic, climate change, cyber and hybrid threats, and engaging young Russians and Russian civil society. Learn more.