Central Europe Week

Join the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative for a virtual event series exploring how the United States and Central Europe can together help shape a common post-COVID-19 agenda.

Building upon the Council’s inaugural US-Central Europe conference in 2019, the conversations throughout the week feature high-level policymakers and experts from the US and the region, while also highlighting our unique cultural connections.

Programs

The Future Europe Initiative promotes the transatlantic leadership and strategies required to ensure a strong Europe.

Experts

Content

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Building bridges across the Three Seas

The CESEE countries would be justified by gradually moving away from indiscriminate policy support to better targeted strategic policy resource allocation and growth-enhancing infrastructure projects.

New Atlanticist by Piotr Trabinski, Daniel Palotai, Liviu Voinea, Tsvetan Manchev, and Nils Vaikla

Central Europe Eastern Europe

Sun, Nov 22, 2020

Unexpected competition: A US strategy to keep its Central and Eastern European allies as allies in an era of great-power competition

As China and Russia make inroads with traditional US allies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the United States is faced with unexpected competition. To keep these US allies as allies for years to come, policymakers should heed the roadmap offered in this strategy paper, which focuses on the case study of Hungary to recommend ways to deepen alliances with CEE nations.

Report by John Blocher

Central Europe Defense Policy

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Europe can bridge the gap between Iran and a Biden administration

We have prepared a series of recommendations that aim to highlight the role Europe can play in preserving the JCPOA, promoting regional peace, and boosting people-to-people contacts with Iran.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin, Ellie Geranmayeh and Sahil Shah

Central Europe European Union

Fri, Nov 13, 2020

How a Biden presidency could change US relations with the rest of the world

We asked experts from around the Atlantic Council to preview what the election of Joe Biden as US president will mean for countries, big and small, all across the world. Here’s a quick spin around the globe as we preview what lies ahead for US foreign policy under Joe Biden:

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Africa East Asia

Sun, Nov 8, 2020

FAST THINKING: How Europe will react to a Biden presidency

While many European leaders may hope for a smoother relationship with President-elect Joe Biden—compared to a rocky four years with President Donald Trump—will both sides of the Atlantic be able to smooth over their differences?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Central Europe Elections

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe: Building regional cooperation

Digitalization has been heralded as “the next engine of growth” for the economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the idea that digitalization can transform the region’s economic model has never been more relevant than amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

Report by The Atlantic Council Task Force on Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe and the Three Seas Initiative

Central Europe Digital Policy

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Tallinn summit marks significant progress in Three Seas Initiative

Infrastructure fund raises over $1.3B, including a $300 Million USG investment

Press Release

Central Europe

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

The United States and Central Europe: A road map for a democratic post-pandemic agenda

“The United States and Central Europe: A Road Map for a Democratic Post-Pandemic Agenda” outlines these themes and advocates for a common US-Central European agenda in seeking a better post-COVID-19 world.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Daniel Fried, Jakub Wiśniewski, Denise Forsthuber, Alena Kudzko

Central Europe Coronavirus
Czech Flashbang grenade

Tue, Oct 6, 2020

Belarus riot police disperse crowds with Czech-made flashbangs

Open-source clues on Czech arms company potentially supplying stun grenades to Lukashenka’s regime in violation of EU embargo.

Article by Lukas Andriukaitis

Belarus Central Europe

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Three Seas Initiative could help jumpstart Europe’s post-COVID recovery and green economy transformation

Buoyed by a new commercially managed investment fund and a $1 billion pledge from the United States, leaders from the Three Seas Initiative will convene for a summit on October 19 to move the project into its next stage.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Central Europe Climate Change & Climate Action

Events

Fri, Dec 4, 2020

The challenges and opportunities of Poland’s energy transition: Virtual fireside chat with Michał Kurtyka, Poland’s first Minister of Climate and Environment

Online Event The speakers discuss the challenges and opportunities of Poland's energy transition and the pathways towards meeting the Paris Agreement targets.

10:00am Central Europe Energy & Environment Energy Transitions Europe & Eurasia