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Which one of the three scenarios outlined by Atlantic Council Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative Director Mathew J. Burrows will be realized? Will COVID-19 deepen national divisions across the world, leading to greater interstate conflict and a slow recovery? Will the pandemic embolden China, deepen faultlines between East and West and usher in a new Cold War pitting the US and Europe against China and Russia? Or will the crisis usher in a new age of increased international cooperation as countries around the world coordinate the recovery phase and put in place safeguards to prevent another crisis from occurring?

The European Union has been harshly criticized by member states hardest hit by the virus over a lack of solidarity and support. Widespread disaffection in the Union has the potential to stir up political forces which can weaken the EU or even threaten it existentially. How will the EU respond? What do the changes paradigms in Europe mean for the future of transatlantic relations? How will the European Union change? Former European Parliament Member Anna Maria Corazza Bildt will elaborate from the EU perspective.

How will Turkey respond to the post-pandemic scenarios and what are the economic and geopolitical implications for the country? Two Turkey experts who will also moderate will touch base on the issue from Turkey’s perspective.


A conversation with

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt
Former Member of EU Parliament (2009-2019)

Mathew J. Burrows
Director, Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Moderated by

Hakan Akbaş
Senior Advisor
Albright Stonebridge Group

Defne Sadıklar Arslan
Director, Atlantic Council IN TURKEY
Atlantic Council

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