- March 17, 2021
The future of NATO and transatlantic security policy is always an important topic in U.S.-European relations. In a globalized world full of complex threats, it is part of the day-to-day cooperation of the Western allies. It also has an effect on major forums which look beyond the existing cooperation. Recently, this could be observed at the Special Edition of the Munich Security Conference and during the virtual EU summit. One thing is obvious: Europe wants to strengthen its pillar in NATO in solidarity with the United States; but at the same time, the European Union strives for more sovereignty in its foreign and security policy – some, like French President Macron, even call it autonomy.
When it comes to burden-sharing within NATO, what does the Biden administration expect from its European allies beyond the two percent target? In what areas should the European NATO members become more involved in the alliance out of their own self-interest? Is the United States irritated that debates on this side of the Atlantic for greater European responsibility in the world are intensifying and that initial actions are moving in that direction? In terms of global political capability, is Europe more of an actor driven by the expectations of others or ultimately determined to play a more leading role in partnership with the United States with regard to China, Russia, and international terrorism? Our podcast hosts Dr. David Deißner and Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner are joined by Dr. Claudia Major, Head of the Research Division International Security at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), and Dr. Jana Puglierin, Head of the Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss these and other questions.
“America’s Choice – Der USA-Podcast” is a German-language podcast on U.S. politics, co-produced by the Aspen Institute Germany and the Atlantik-Brücke. The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other platforms.