The transatlantic relationship has been a foundational element of the international order since World War II. Yet it is facing a crisis of confidence. The US government appears to be pursuing an increasingly isolationist approach while European leaders have suggested that the nature of the transatlantic alliance is changing significantly. Given the difficult and dynamic international climate, how can the transatlantic relationship evolve further, and how can countries like the US and Germany cooperate in solving the challenges ahead in the next decades? What are potential scenarios for the evolution of the transatlantic relationship against the background of challenges such as shifting global power dynamics and the ramifications of globalization, automation, and digitalization?
This half-day symposium is made possible as part of the Year of German-American Friendship "Deutschlandjahr USA" with the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office, Goethe-Institut, and Federation of German Industries (BDI).
Presentation and Q&A
Panel One: 'America Alone, Europe for Itself?' The Transatlantic Relationship in Transition
The transatlantic relationship is being tested more now than perhaps any moment since World War Two. Will America and Europe continue to drift apart or are we witnessing only momentary division?
Panel Two: Beyond Trade Tiffs and Rifts: The New Transatlantic Economic Outlook
Amid US tariffs on steel and aluminum and the specter of tariffs on European car imports, Washington and European capitals are increasingly at economic odds. Will bilateral trade deals become the new normal for the transatlantic economy?
Panel Three: Education, Apprenticeships, Technology, and the Transatlantic Relationship
Technology, education, and innovation are both challenging and changing the transatlantic relationship. This discussion will explore how cutting-edge technologies are transforming engagement between the US and Europe.