Issue BriefOct 18, 2023
Designing a US-EU industrial and trade policy
By Erik Brattberg, Frances Burwell, Jörn Fleck, Charles Lichfield, Zach Meyers, James Batchik, and Emma Nix
Both sides of the Atlantic are confronting the geopolitical necessity of adapting trade and industrial policies to be fit for purpose in an increasingly competitive world. To avoid competition between Washington and Brussels, policymakers must recognize each side’s priorities and commit to further cooperation to bridge the transatlantic economic relationship, not widen it.
Erik Brattberg is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. He is also senior vice president in the Europe Practice of the Albright Stonebridge Group, part of Dentons Global Advisors. A recognized expert on European politics and transatlantic relations, his current work focuses on US policy toward the European Union (EU), Europe’s relations with China, and EU digital and technology policy.
Brattberg previously served as director of the Europe Program and fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, director for special projects and senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, Ron Asmus policy entrepreneur fellow at the German Marshall Fund, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, adjunct senior fellow at Center for a New American Security, visiting fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, visiting fellow at European Policy Centre, consulting researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the European Council on Foreign Relations, and a research associate at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He also has work experience from the Folke Bernadotte Academy and Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York. He has consulted for Oxford Analytica and Spitzberg Partners and is a member of the steering committee of the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group.
His numerous articles have appeared in outlets such as the Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Politico, Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, Internationale Politik Quarterly, the National Interest, the American Interest, and War on the Rocks. He is a frequent commentator to major US and international media including ABC News, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, NBC News, NPR, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, and France 24. His research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals and book volumes. He is the co-editor with Daniel S. Hamilton of a book on transatlantic cooperation on global supply chain security published by Brookings Institution Press. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and think-tank events and has testified before the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
He holds a master of science in foreign service from Georgetown University where he attended as a Fulbright scholar and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science from Uppsala University.