Recent Events

Days after the announcement of the Mercosur-European Union trade deal, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center partnered with the Global Business and Economics Program and the Future Europe Initiative for a conference call to discuss the details and implications of the momentous agreement.

A byproduct of two decades of discussions and forty rounds of negotiations, the deal is the largest for the European Union (EU) in terms of population and the first for Mercosur since the four-nation bloc, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, was established in 1991. The agreement covers a population of nearly eight hundred million people and will result in over four billion euros in tariff savings for the European Union.

On March 28, 2019, the Atlantic Council Northern Europe Office in collaboration with the U.S Embassy in Stockholm, organized a day seminar on 'Resistance and Resilience: Fighting Disinformation by Democratic Means.' The seminar brought together journalists, academic experts, civil society and representatives of government and organizations to discuss the challenge presented by disinformation and different ways to improve resilience ahead of a string of elections in Europe during 2019.

On 19 February the Atlantic Council in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Vilnius organized a seminar on the threats of disinformation in electoral contexts. Information influence campaigns presenting challenges or threats to public elections are an increasing concern in Sweden, Lithuania and the rest of the EU.

On December 11, 2018, the Atlantic Council Northern Europe Office and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in collaboration with the Latvian Embassy in Sweden, organized a high-level, public international conference on ’The European Defence and Security Dimension in Northern Europe’. The conference brought together policy experts, academic researchers, representatives of government and organizations and media from a significant number of countries. 

On December 6 the Atlantic Council Northern Europe Office, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Stockholm, organized a seminar titled ”NATO at 70: How to Navigate in A Turbulent World”. The seminar was attended by experts representing both Swedish governmental institutions, the Stockholm diplomatic corps, and think-tanks. 

On December 12, 2017 the Atlantic Council’s Northern Europe Office and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung hosted a public conference in Stockholm to discuss the need to bridge perspectives and start forming a merged agenda to successfully face the security challenges in Northern Europe following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Keynote addresses were made by H.E. Peter Hultqvist, Defense Minister of Sweden; Minister Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden; and Ms. Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Norway.
On May 16, the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative, in partnership with the European Fund for the Balkans, hosted a panel discussion on European perspectives regarding US engagement in the Balkans. Moderated by Damon Wilson, executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, and introduced by Igor Bandovic, senior programme manager at the European Fund for the Balkans, the panel included Dimitar Bechev, nonresident senior fellow at the Eurasia Center, Florian Bieber, director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Milan Nic, nonresident senior fellow at the Future Europe Initiative, and Majda Ruge, fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University. The panelists discussed brewing political crises in the Balkans and potential roles the US could play in addressing these issues to ensure long-term peace and stability on the European continent. As Florian Bieber stated, “the EU has carrots and the US has sticks. We need to coordinate and use them.”
On February 15, 2017, the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative hosted a private dinner with H.E. Andris Teikmanis, ambassador of Latvia to the United States, for an invitation-only discussion that was attended by transatlantic leaders from both the public and private sector.
The United States and Europe will continue to find common ground and work together to overcome their foreign policy challenges, H.E. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, said at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative on February 10.

Mogherini was in Washington to meet with representatives of President Trump’s administration. She expressed her optimism on the future of transatlantic relations and said she felt reassured on a number of issues after her meetings at the White House, the Department of State, and in Congress. The EU and US will work together based on a pragmatic approach based on values, interests and priorities, in what the high representative called a transactional approach, “I will always put the EU agenda and priorities on the table, and then see where we can work together.”
On Thursday, February 2, the Future Europe Initiative hosted a strategy session for Dr. Krzysztof Szczerski, secretary of state, Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. The session focused on the Three Seas initiative, a joint strategic undertaking by the governments of Poland and Croatia to drive forward the connectivity and integration of Central European energy, transportation, and telecommunication networks situated between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas. Former US National Security Advisor General James L. Jones chaired the session and Ian Brzezinski, senior fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, moderated.