New AtlanticistDec 15, 2023
Experts react to the EU starting Ukraine membership talks while failing to agree on aid
By Atlantic Council experts
On Thursday, the European Council decided to open EU accession talks with Ukraine, even as Hungary blocked a proposed fifty billion euro EU aid package to Kyiv.
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.
James Batchik is an associate director at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center, where he supports programming on the European Union, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Three Seas Initiative, and the center’s transatlantic digital and tech portfolio.
Batchik was previously an intern and project assistant at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative. He also held internships at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, US Congress, and the US Consulate in Vladivostok, Russia. Batchik received a MSc with distinction from the London School of Economics & Political Science in theory and the history of international relations. He received a BA from the University of Michigan in international studies, history, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies.