Bridging the Atlantic
Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century
Bridging the Atlantic is a 6-part miniseries, created with Are We Europe, that will take stock of transatlantic relations today and examine it beyond the usual touchstones. After a tumultuous four years with the Trump administration, many following the transatlantic relationship are eager to understand how the transatlantic relationship can bounce back and become more resilient in the future. But a reset is perhaps not the right goal.
In the 21st century, people on both sides of the Atlantic are no longer satisfied with “back to normal” and want more. Through interviews with experts on various aspects of the transatlantic relationship, this podcast will pit our understanding of transatlantic relations over the last several years against ideas from people re-imagining what the transatlantic relationship can and should be. The outcome, we hope, is a clearer sense of the alliance that shapes our lives in visible and invisible ways.
This episode reaches back into the past to one of the most important artifacts of transatlantic history. Then, Rachel Rizzo, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Europe Center, explains the foundations of the Euro-Atlantic alliance today. And finally, former NPR foreign correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reflects on her experience as a journalist linking Germany and the United States and talks about the importance of finding common ground over disagreement.