July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON DC—The Atlantic Council and GLOBSEC announced today a strategic partnership to reiterate the US commitment to a Europe whole and free with Central Europe an integral part of it and to develop an agenda for US-Central European ties for the future.

“During times in which our democratic societies are facing unprecedented challenges, we cannot take the transatlantic relationship for granted,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Against a backdrop of global uncertainty, it is now more important than ever to unite with partners that share a common commitment to working together to shape a better future. We are therefore delighted to partner with GLOBSEC to achieve our shared purpose of galvanizing transatlantic leadership to secure a peaceful and prosperous Europe allied with the United States.”

“We are very honored to launch our strategic partnership with the Atlantic Council,” said Róbert Vass, President of GLOBSEC. “In terms of values, goals and ambitions, our organizations fit like a glove. In today’s complicated global environment, the Transatlantic think-tank community is more needed than ever and we are proud to be working hand-in-hand to help US-European ties flourish.”

The Council and GLOBSEC underscored the potential of this new partnership with last week’s conference on “The United States and Central Europe: Celebrating Europe Whole and Free, Building the Next Century Together” which convened Ministers from Central Europe, US Senators, and administration officials. The partnership aims to: diversify participation and perspectives in existing Atlantic Council and GLOBSEC programming in the United States and Europe; integrate greater US and European expertise into our research and analyses; and actively engage new audiences to foster fresh dialogue and maximize our impact.

The Atlantic Council and GLOBSEC will develop on-going bodies of work beginning with a common US-Central Europe initiative to reinvest in the special ties between the United States and the region. The new partnership will also develop a common effort to identify, expose, and explain disinformation through the joint establishment of a Digital Research Unit (DRU) by the Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) and GLOBSEC’s Strategic Communication. The DRU will be based in Bratislava, and will conduct open source research to produce public reports on cases of disinformation throughout Central Europe to better inform key stakeholders and the public.

About the Atlantic Council:
Driven by our mission of “working together to secure the future,” the Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century in order to adapt, revitalize, and defend the international rules-based order. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

About GLOBSEC:
GLOBSEC is a global think-tank committed to enhancing security, prosperity, and sustainability in Europe and throughout the world. Its mission is to influence the future by generating new ideas and solutions for a better and safer world. The GLOBSEC community believes we can change the world by putting together the right stakeholders at the right time for a free exchange of ideas. GLOBSEC helps to provide a better understanding of global trends and their consequences for society, economy, and security.

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