Please join the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, in partnership with the Government of Sweden, for the first workshop in 2014 of the Transatlantic Partnership for the Global Future series. On Wednesday, April 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., we will convene a group of Swedish and American experts and officials for an off-the-record event to discuss the impacts of the new US Department of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) on European defense and transatlantic relations.

Recently released, the QDR reflects the Defense Department’s program for dealing with twenty-first century security challenges despite steep budget cuts. The Joint Forces will have to prepare for an increasingly uncertain future affected by rapidly evolving, disruptive technologies, and evaluate how to balance traditional allies, such as Europe, with new ones to face unconventional threats. Discussion will center on analyzing what is new and relevant in the most recent QDR, separating facts from fiction about impacts of the QDR on European defense, and assessing the new US posture towards Europe’s security challenges and priorities in light of the recent crisis in Ukraine.

Launched in 2013, the Transatlantic Partnership for the Global Future brings together experts from government, business, academia, and the science and technology community to address how trends in society, economy, and technology will impact the transatlantic and global communities in the future.