12 June 2019 - 14 June 2019
Policy Program I Aspen NEXT Transatlantic Workshop
From June 12 to 14, 2019 Aspen Germany hosted the first group of Aspen NEXT Fellows as part of its fifth Transatlantic Workshop. Looking back at the historic events of 1989, the participants explored value hierarchies then and today, their translation into institutions and how events since have shaped the value sets that underlie our societies and political systems. The group compiled rankings of the most important values of 1989 and today to compare changes in value systems over the last thirty years, developed scenarios of what the world might look like in 2029 in the fields of foreign policy, technology, economy, climate and energy or regarding the future of NATO and discussed the changes in value systems today, their adaptation in order to overcome today’s challenges and how this should reflect in the future of the transatlantic partnership. Conversations with Pawel Swieboda, Deputy Head, European Political Strategy Center, Christopher Rendo, Policy Planning, US State Department, and Niels Annen, State Minister, German Federal Foreign Office, offered a practitioner’s view of how debates around values and current challenges are mirrored in European, US and German foreign policy. The two-day workshop brought 32 participants aged 25 to 35 from the US, Europe and Germany to Berlin, kicking off the Aspen NEXT initiative which aims at engaging the next generation of Atlanticists.