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The Future Europe Initiative uses real-time commentary and analysis to explain to key audiences in America current developments in Europe and how they affect the transatlantic relationship.

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The Future Europe Initiative conducts research to guide the actions and strategy of key transatlantic decision makers on the issues that will shape the future of the transatlantic relationship.

Recent Events

By convening American and European leaders, through public events and workshops,  the Future Europe Initiative promotes dialogue to bolster the transatlantic partnership.

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Key Sanctions Risks and Trends with Kharon

The event will feature presentations by sanctions experts from the Atlantic Council and Kharon, a panel discussion, and an audience Q&A.

3:30pm Washington DC

Tue, Jun 11, 2019

Greece as a geostrategic ally

Amidst a decade of economic turmoil, Greece has emerged as a vital NATO ally with a proven track record of dedication to transatlantic security cooperation. Greece is one of the few NATO members to reach NATO’s 2% of GDP target for defense spending, and the country continues to serve as a critical hub for ally […]


Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Europe in a Changing Global Context – A Conversation with PM Mark Rutte

Prime Minister Mark Rutte joins the Atlantic Council to share his perspective on the transatlantic relationship, the need for greater US-European cooperation in a rapidly changing global context, and the ongoing political transitions in Europe and their wider implications.




Fri, Sep 20, 2019

How to make a lasting regime change: A guide for aspiring (democratic) reformers

Why did the Central Europeans succeed when so many efforts at regime change from within failed – ending in tears, bitter disappointment or bloodshed?

New Atlanticist by Jakub Wiśniewski

Central Europe Democratic Transitions

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Securing Northern Europe: Toward a comprehensive approach

As Northern Europe finds itself on the front line of systemic great-power competition it has the consider three main challenges: an assertive Russia, changing dynamics in the transatlantic link and the development of a European defense. This present a unique window of opportunity to develop a comprehensive regional approach, bringing together the Baltic Sea, the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

Issue Brief by Anna Wieslander and Elin Shiffer

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

A transatlantic agenda for the new European Commission

The new European Commission will take office on November 1, 2019, at a time of intensifying great power competition and new strain for transatlantic relations. This memo gathers the contributions of several Atlantic Council experts on a variety of issues such as defense, foreign policy, trade, and energy policy

Issue Brief by Benjamin Haddad and Jörn Fleck (Eds)

Cybersecurity Economy & Business

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

A geopolitical European Commission: Can the incoming president make it work?

The selection process and presentation have been received relatively well and signal a new Commission leadership adept at messaging and politics. But questions remain whether Ursula von der Leyen can make the complex Commission work

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel and Jörn Fleck

European Union Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Wieslander in Defense One: It’s Time for NATO to Engage in the Arctic

Uncategorized by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia Security & Defense

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

US surveillance on trial in Europe: Will transatlantic digital commerce be collateral damage?

In this issue brief, Kenneth Propp, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative, examines the existing transatlantic data-transfer mechanisms, the landmark court case that could invalidate them, and the divergent US and EU approaches to data transfers across borders and privacy standards. On July 9, 2019, Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems challenged […]

Issue Brief by Kenneth Propp

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Fri, Sep 6, 2019

Vajdich quoted in Foreign Policy on new US special envoy to the Balkans

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy The Balkans

Thu, Aug 15, 2019

Vajdich in The Hill: A US-UK free trade agreement can hold the Kremlin to account

In the News by Atlantic Council


Sat, Jul 20, 2019

Vajdich quoted in The Washington Post on the Trump administration’s stance on Russia

In the News by Atlantic Council

International Markets Oil and Gas

Wed, Jun 26, 2019

Haddad and Brzezinski quoted in Le Monde on transatlantic tension over European defense

Read the full article here

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia French