Europe, Global Governance, International Relations , United States Transatlantic Disruption: Challenges and Opportunities Report and Thought Pieces

June 3, 2021
By Various Authors | Perry World House

For decades, the transatlantic alliance has been a community built on collective defense, mutual investment and trade, and shared values. But in recent years, its stability has been thrown into question by disruptive factors.

In 2021, this phenomenon—transatlantic disruption—seems only more severe. The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has claimed over a million lives in Europe and the United States. The January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol stirred fears of democratic backsliding and even coups d’état in countries that pride themselves on their peaceful transfers of power. Questions about further aggression by the Russian government in Eastern Europe remain.

What can scholars and policy leaders on both sides of the Atlantic do about transatlantic disruption? Based on the discussions and analyses of a recent Perry World House workshop, our new report and thought pieces make several policy and research recommendations on the challenges and opportunities facing the transatlantic community.

Click here to read the report Transatlantic Disruption: Challenges and Opportunities.

Alongside the report, we have also published a series of thought pieces from scholars and policy practitioners who attended the workshop, exploring different aspects of transatlantic disruption.


Anti-Nuclear Sentiment and the Continuing Relevance of Nuclear Deterrence by Kristin Ven BruusgardTexas National Security Review

The Risks of an Incremental German Exit from NATO's Nuclear Sharing Arrangement by Tobias BundeTexas National Security Review

The Cost of Uncertainty: European Strategic Autonomy and U.S.-E.U. Relations by Amy J. NelsonTexas National Security Review

Reflections on NATO Deterrence in the 21st Century by Ambassador Alexander VershbowTexas National Security Review 


Climate and Energy in the Transatlantic Relationship by Jeff D. Colgan

Tradeoffs in Addressing Energy Security Problems by Rosemary A. Kelanic

The Potential Impacts on the Geostrategic Environment of the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy by Bob Scher, Michael Denison, and Michael Cohen

"Greening" Over the Transatlantic Divide - Domestic Constraints and the Possibility of Renewed Cooperation by Morena Skalamera


The E.U.-China Investment Deal and Transatlantic Investment Cooperation by Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen

Bipartisan Spoilers Targeting E.U. Investment Policy: Continuity from Trump to Biden by Rachel L. Wellhausen

The Transatlantic Economy: It's Time for a Renaissance by Valbona Zeneli

The 2021 Shapiro Geopolitics Workshop and these publications were made possible in part by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Shapiro Global Workshop on Geopolitics Fund. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the authors.