- November 18, 2020
On November 18, 2020, the Aspen Institute hosted a virtual discussion on “Safeguarding Transatlantic Security: A “New Deal” in Euro-American Relations?” with Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic & Director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), and Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Defence and Member of Bundestag (CSU). Andrea Rotter, Head of Division Foreign and Security Policy at the Hanns Seidel Foundation, moderated the discussion.
Long cherished as cornerstone of the post-war international order, the transatlantic security architecture has come under intense scrutiny and pressure. NATO is confronted with a variety of complex security challenges, all of which require close transatlantic cooperation. While President Trump regularily points out European omissions with regard to military spending and capability gaps, his distinctive style eroded the trust of U.S. allies in America as a reliable partner. Moving forward, the panelists discussed what we could expect from the incoming Biden administration in terms of foreign policy. Heather Conley and Thomas Silberhorn offered their take on how the U.S. and its allies could safeguard transatlantic security cooperation – and what Europeans should be prepared to bring to the table.
This event is part of the virtual Road to Election Night & Beyond, which the Aspen Institute Germany organizes in cooperation with several Berlin-based transatlantic institutions and political foundations. More information on the event series can be found here: https://landing.berlin-election-night.de.