Trans-Atlantic Relations Project

The United States and Europe have reached an inflection point in their relationship. Throughout the 20th century, the US and Europe were the undisputed nexus of international relations. In the second half of the century, the transatlantic relationship, based primarily in the foreign- and security-policy area that manifested itself in NATO, was one of the anchors of the international system.

Today, this relationship has moved beyond traditional foreign and security policy as economic, social and political ties have deepened. The US and Europe account for a majority of the world’s economic activity, regulation and investment. The US and Europe are still part of the engine of global governance, but this model is changing as new centers of political and economic power rise.

The Bertelsmann Foundation’s Trans-Atlantic Relations Project moves beyond traditional foreign- and security-policy challenges to examine the emerging challenges and relationships that affect the United States and Europe. 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, dinner series, exchange programs, and briefings in Congress and the European Parliament. Subjects include eurozone governance; financial, banking and monetary policy; energy and raw-materials policy; agriculture; border security, data-protection policy, and legacy issues such as policy toward the greater Middle East and North Africa, Turkey and Russia.

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