Transatlantic Partnership for the Global Future

The Transatlantic Partnership for the Global Future brings together experts from government, business, academia, and the science and technology communities to address critical global challenges and assess their effects on the future of transatlantic relations. The Partnership is a collaboration between the Brent Scowcroft Center on international Security’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative and the Government of Sweden. Together, we seek to make foresight actionable by connecting long-term trends to current challenges to inform policy and strategy choices.
  • NATO at Seventy: Filling NATO's Critical Defense-Capability Gaps

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    As NATO reaches its seventieth anniversary in 2019, the Alliance is facing new challenges both externally and internally. The reemergence of Russia as a strategic threat has led to the reexamination of NATO’s warfighting capabilities and the gaps that exist to adequately defend and deter. At the same time, both renewed US focus and the emergence of new security threats have placed increased pressure on member states to reach established spending targets.

    The need to outfit and equip NATO for great power competition, as well as increased pressure to invest more in defense, provides an opportunity to strengthen NATO for the future. Yet the path forward is still unclear. What investments should be prioritized in the land, air, maritime, space and cyber domains? And how should the Alliance’s nuclear deterrent be modernized?

    In NATO at Seventy: Filling NATO’s Critical Defense-Capability Gaps Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder offers a comprehensive menu of options for the Alliance to shape its investments in these critical areas and ensure that NATO retains its fighting mindset well past its seventieth anniversary in 2019.

    The report features a foreword by Air Marshall Sir Chris Harper KBE, former director general of the International Military staff at NATO (2013-16).

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  • Binnendijk in Defense News: NATO Needs a European Level of Ambition

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  • Private Luncheon with European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete

    On May 4, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative partnered with the US Chamber of Commerce to hold a private luncheon with Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy.

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  • Foreign Policy for an Urban World: Global Governance and the Rise of Cities

    In the latest FutureScape issue brief from the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security's Strategic Foresight Initiative, author Peter Engelke discusses the long-term economic, environmental, and policy implications of urbanization. Entitled "Foreign Policy for an Urban World: Global Governance and the Rise of Cities," the brief examines how urbanization is hastening the global diffusion of power and how cities themselves are increasingly important nodes of power in global politics.

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  • The United Nations Moving Forward

    The Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Government of Sweden for the Transatlantic Partnership for the Global Future project, hosted a private roundtable discussion on July 8, 2015, that considered how reform measures could help assuage the various challenges facing the United Nations (UN) today and in the future. The discussion centered around two topics, management reform and humanitarian and human rights policies.

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  • Diplomacy Beyond the Nation-State

    Please join the Atlantic Council on June 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an ambassadors' roundtable discussion of the forces of change in the twenty-first century, and how the interstate system must adapt to harness these forces within a rapidly evolving global system.

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  • Antimicrobial Resistance as an Emerging Threat to National Security

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    Around the world, rising rates of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents an emerging an increasingly significant cause for concern. As a variety of infectious pathogens develop greater resistance to antimicrobial drugs, such drugs consequently become less effective, leading not only to outcomes like longer recovery periods and extended hospital stays, but broader threats to the fabric of our societies and our globalized economy. Indeed, increasing rates of AMR, driven by misuse of antimicrobial drugs, could potentially undo many of the medical advances made over the past 70 years, eroding the global medical safety net and presenting a significant threat to national security.

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  • Transatlantic Interests in the Asia Pacific in 2025


    8:30 - 9:00 am     Registration and Breakfast

    9:00 - 9:05 pm     Welcome

    Barry Pavel, Vice President and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Secutiry, Atlantic Council (@BarryPavel)

    9:05 - 10:05 am     Scene Setter: The United States’ and Europe’s Relationship with Asia

    What are the common US and European interests in Asia Pacific?
    Where might interests diverge?
    How might any divergences among US and European interests in Asia affect the transatlantic relationship?
    How is the relationship between the United States, Europe, and Asia evolving in light of Asia’s rising economic power? 

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    Moderator: Fran BurwellVice President and Director, Transatlantic Relations Program, Atlantic Council (@FranBurwell)
    • Helena SångelandDeputy Director General and Head, Department for Asia and the Pacific Region, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden (@HelenaSangeland)

    10:10 - 11:15 am     Keynote: The Rise of China – The True Game Changer

    How does China’s growing regional and international influence affect the United States’ and European relationship with the rest of Asia?
    How will economic interdependence and China’s dominant economic role impact regional security and US/European freedom of action?
    How does China’s growing military power respectively affect US and European interests?
    How can the transatlantic partnership best position itself to build collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships with emerging Asian powers? 

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    Moderator: Roger Cliff, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
    Geoff Dyer, Author, The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China—and How America Can Win (@DyerGeoff)

    11:15 - 11:30 am     Break

    11:30 - 1:00 pm     Outlook to 2025: The Transatlantic Partnership in Asia

    What events could occur in Asia over the next ten years that would fundamentally alter the region, and what opportunities and challenges for the US and Europe do these possible events present?
    If yesterday’s Asian status quo is long gone, what is the a) ideal and b) realistic state for European and US relations with Asia in 2025?
    What mechanisms need to be in place? Where do interests converge for Europe and Asia? How can they better cooperate on Asian economic and security issues? What are some uncommon areas of interests that both actors could develop further?
    How do powers such as China, Japan, and Australia view the transatlantic partnership? What are their objectives in enhancing relations with the United States and Europe? What are their security priorities, and how will they coordinate with the United States and Europe on maritime security?  

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    Moderator: Matthew Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council (@Matburrows)
    • Hans-Christian Hagman, Director of Strategic Analysis, Government Offices of Sweden
    • Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@kath_hicks)
    • Leo Michel, Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
    • Shuja Nawaz, Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council

    1:00 - 1:20 pm     Lunch

    1:20 - 2:30 pm    Luncheon Conversation

    What are potential disruptions in the US-Asia and Europe-Asia relationships that could affect trade and security? What could be the impacts?
    What will the future of trade look like between the United States and Asia? Europe and Asia? How will trade dependencies and balances change? How is technology changing this balance? 


    Moderator: Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President,Atlantic Council (@DamonMacWilson)
    • Kurt Campbell,Chairman and CEO,The Asia Group

    2:45 - 4:00 pm     Global Trade Agenda

    How will the US and Europe compete with Asian technological innovation? Will they be competing with each other by 2025? What is the future of EU-ASEAN relations?
    Regional trade liberalization, including RCEP, and its impact on Europe and the US?
    What will TTIP mean for the TPP and vice versa? How will new regulations and standards in both change trade and commerce worldwide?  


    Moderator: Paula Stern, Founder and Chair,The Stern Group; Board Director, Atlantic Council (@SternGroupDC)
    • Annette Heuser, Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation (@AnnetteHeuser)
    • Damien Levie, Minister Counselor and Head,Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
    • Jeffrey J. Schott, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
    • Kanji Yamanouchi, Minister, Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan

    4:05 - 5:00 pm     A New Model of Greater Power Relations?

    Is ‘great power relations’ a useful construct for understanding the relationship between the United States, Europe, and Asia? How do Japan, Europe, India, and Russia fit into that construct?
    Can we have a new model or is China’s behavior forcing a tipping point?
    Is the rest of the world pivoting to Asia and do we need even more shifts from the US and Europe?
    Will the definition of “great power” change in the future? How will great powers look and behave differently?  


    Moderator: Barry Pavel, Vice President and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
    • Michael GreenSenior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
    • John NegroponteBrady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy and Senior Lecturer in International Affairs,Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University; Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates
    • Kori SchakeResearch Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

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  • A New Model of Great Power Relations?

    High Level Panel Discusses What China's Rise Means for the World Order

    During a workshop on transatlantic interests in the Asia Pacific, a high level panel convened to discuss whether the rise of China precipitated the need for a "new model of power relations." The panel, moderated by Barry Pavel of the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, discussed the construct of great power relations and the way in which the relationships between the United States, Europe, and Asia are understood. Members of the panel discussed the future of grand strategy and power relations throughout these countries, and the effects of the potential pivot toward Asia.

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  • Global Trade Agenda

    Experts Sound Off on Importance of TPP/TTIP

    During the Transatlantic Interests in the Asia Pacific in 2025 conference members of the "Global Trade Agenda" panel, moderated by Paula Stern of the Stern Group and board director of the Atlantic Council, discussed the implications of future trade agreements and trade liberalization on Asia and the transatlantic partnership. Panelists focused on the rise of the middle class in Asian countries illustrating their growth from "developing" to "developed." There was a heavy focus on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the way these partnerships might shape European, American, and Asian geopolitical relations.

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