Recent Events

On December 12, 2017 the Atlantic Council’s Northern Europe Office and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung hosted a public conference in Stockholm to discuss the need to bridge perspectives and start forming a merged agenda to successfully face the security challenges in Northern Europe following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Keynote addresses were made by H.E. Peter Hultqvist, Defense Minister of Sweden; Minister Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden; and Ms. Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Norway.
On May 16, the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative, in partnership with the European Fund for the Balkans, hosted a panel discussion on European perspectives regarding US engagement in the Balkans. Moderated by Damon Wilson, executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, and introduced by Igor Bandovic, senior programme manager at the European Fund for the Balkans, the panel included Dimitar Bechev, nonresident senior fellow at the Eurasia Center, Florian Bieber, director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Milan Nic, nonresident senior fellow at the Future Europe Initiative, and Majda Ruge, fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University. The panelists discussed brewing political crises in the Balkans and potential roles the US could play in addressing these issues to ensure long-term peace and stability on the European continent. As Florian Bieber stated, “the EU has carrots and the US has sticks. We need to coordinate and use them.”
On February 15, 2017, the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative hosted a private dinner with H.E. Andris Teikmanis, ambassador of Latvia to the United States, for an invitation-only discussion that was attended by transatlantic leaders from both the public and private sector.
The United States and Europe will continue to find common ground and work together to overcome their foreign policy challenges, H.E. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, said at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative on February 10.

Mogherini was in Washington to meet with representatives of President Trump’s administration. She expressed her optimism on the future of transatlantic relations and said she felt reassured on a number of issues after her meetings at the White House, the Department of State, and in Congress. The EU and US will work together based on a pragmatic approach based on values, interests and priorities, in what the high representative called a transactional approach, “I will always put the EU agenda and priorities on the table, and then see where we can work together.”
On Thursday, February 2, the Future Europe Initiative hosted a strategy session for Dr. Krzysztof Szczerski, secretary of state, Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. The session focused on the Three Seas initiative, a joint strategic undertaking by the governments of Poland and Croatia to drive forward the connectivity and integration of Central European energy, transportation, and telecommunication networks situated between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas. Former US National Security Advisor General James L. Jones chaired the session and Ian Brzezinski, senior fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, moderated.
As France looks ahead to its 2017 presidential elections, one of many elections throughout Europe next year, the electorate’s decision will set the tone for the future of Europe, either encouraging or halting the spread of populism throughout the transatlantic community, said an expert on French public policy.

In introductory remarks at an event at the Atlantic Council on December 13, Dominique Moïsi, a senior counsellor at the Institut Montaigne, said: “The importance of France today can be summarized in one formula: the French… can demonstrate that the victory of populism is not irresistible. That somewhere you can say no to the temptation of populism.” Ultimately, “France will assume responsibility for the liberal democratic order,” he added.
On December 7, 2016, as President-Elect Trump prepares to take office and European unity is challenged both within and beyond Europe’s borders, the Atlantic Council held a private roundtable and reception for a distinguished delegation of members of parliament from Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. This special session convened members of parliament from the Baltic region with Washington-based experts to discuss the transatlantic relationship and the future of US-Baltic cooperation.
On October 13, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center hosted a public conference “The Illiberal Turn?: Reasserting Democratic Values in Central and Eastern Europe.” This conference was organized in partnership with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute (NDI). This event addressed the political, economic, and social currents that challenge the region's path toward greater cooperation, prosperity, and freedom.
Pierre Moscovici, EU commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation, and customs, visited the Atlantic Council on October 6 as part of the “Stronger With Allies: The Future of Europe After Brexit” conference cohosted by the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and the Global Business & Economics Program, and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
On September 28, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative hosted a private, invitation-only roundtable with Mr. Crispin Blunt MP, chairman of the UK House of Commons’ Select Committee on Foreign Affairs. Members of Washington’s foreign policy and business communities discussed the future of the United Kingdom’s role in Europe and the world, and the potential impact of Brexit on the “special relationship” and transatlantic business. Mr. Blunt offered his perspective on how, despite the uncertainty of the negotiations, Brexit offers a positive vision for the United Kingdom’s role in the world. Mr. Blunt explored the possible outcomes of the negotiations, and what implications Brexit might yield in transatlantic relations and foreign policy cooperation.