Trans-Atlantic Relations Project

The United States and Europe have reached an inflection point in their relationship. They were the undisputed nexus of international relations throughout the 20th century, and in the aftermath of World War II their relationship, based primarily in foreign and security policy that manifested itself in NATO, was an anchor of the international system.

The global political and economic system, however, has experienced tectonic shifts recently. The rise of China, the scourge of terrorism and popular uprisings in the Middle East captured the attention of American and European policymakers, and the trans-Atlantic relationship began to atrophy.

As this relationship finds its footing again, the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Trans-Atlantic Relations Project is examining the economic, political and social pillars that underpin the indispensable links between the United States and its European partners.

Focusing primarily on core Europe, the Trans-Atlantic Project brings together networks of policymakers, civil-society leaders, the private sector, media and academia in conferences, workshops, “laboratories”, exchange programs, and briefings in Congress and the European Parliament. Our focal areas include the German-American relations; the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); economic inequality; Russia’s relations with the West; and the future of the eurozone.

For more information, contact: Anthony Silberfeld, Trans-Atlantic Relations Director, or +1.202.384.1993.