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



Thu, Jun 6, 2019

The United States and Central Europe: Tasks for a second century together

The year 2019 marks one hundred and one years of relations between the United States and the countries of Central Europe that emerged from the wreckage of the First World War. After a century of work together, of tragedy and achievement, Central Europe and the United States have much to celebrate and defend, but also […]

Report by Daniel Fried, Jakub Wisniewski, Denise Forsthuber, and Alena Kudzko

Central Europe Democratic Transitions

Tue, Jun 4, 2019

Cheap gas is too costly

On May 20, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was inaugurated Ukraine’s seventh president. In his inaugural address, he demonstrated a resoluteness that should put an end to the annoying journalistic cliché of a “comedian-president.” Taking such firm actions as dissolving parliament and requesting the resignations of key officials within minutes of taking office in front of the very […]

UkraineAlert by Oleh Havrylyshyn

Central Europe Energy Markets & Governance

Mon, May 20, 2019

Why Europe’s election matters in Poland

The election will be a vote of confidence in the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and reveal the level of public support for two competing visions for the future of Europe: an integrationist, open, and solidarity-driven Europe or a conservative “Christian” Europe of sovereign states.

New Atlanticist by Katarzyna Pisarska

Elections European Union

Fri, May 17, 2019

The importance of Hungary’s European election

This election will determine the place of Hungary’s parties in the European political spectrum and the outcome will have consequences for Hungary’s municipal elections in the fall.

New Atlanticist by Anna Juhos

Elections European Union

Fri, May 3, 2019

Strengthen European Defense Cooperation Through NATO and the EU

[A] key question remains unanswered: will allied deterrence prevent possible Russian aggression during those 30 days?

NATOSource by Bogdan Klich, Project Syndicate

European Union France

Fri, Mar 29, 2019

Black Sea natural gas games: A fork in the road for the BRUA Pipeline project

Hopes were riding high on the discovery of Romania’s Black Sea natural gas deposits in 2012, which were expected to provide a cheap and local source of the fuel for Central and South Eastern Europe (CSEE). ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom would carry out the offshore production, and the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRUA) pipeline project, formally conceived in […]

EnergySource by Nolan Theisen and John Szabo

Central Europe Eastern Europe
Jednostka Wojskowa Komandosów soldiers training in the Stołowe Mountains, May 18, 2018 (photo: Polish Ministry of Defense).

Mon, Mar 25, 2019


Editor’s note: This short story describes a hypothetical future war in Europe between Russian and NATO forces using advanced technology.

NATOSource by Amir Husain and August Cole

NATO Poland

Fri, Mar 15, 2019

A European view: Europe, Nord Stream 2, and diversification

Preface During his 2019 State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump claimed credit for getting European NATO members to pay an additional $100 billion in military outlays to the alliance by the end of 2020. Similarly, instead of raising the specter of further sanctions on Russia that would impact European allies, the United States […]

EnergySource by Friedbert Pflüger

Central Europe Eastern Europe

Fri, Mar 15, 2019

#StrongerWithAllies: US combat engineer’s job is digging foxholes to protect armored vehicles

Pilkington’s Berserker Troop platoon has been training with Polish soldiers in the huge Bemowo Piskie Training Area of northern Poland for several months.

New Atlanticist by Hal Foster

NATO Poland

Wed, Mar 13, 2019

Twenty years later, NATO allies remain strong members of the family

The strength the Poles, Hungarians, and Czechs still see in the Alliance should inspire the other NATO member states.

NATOat70 by David A. Wemer

Central Europe Hungary