Europe, International Relations , North America

Transatlantic Relations - What's Next?

July 31, 2019
By Perry World House

Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s center for global policy engagement and research, today released Transatlantic Relations - What's Next?, a publication that pinpoints the most crucial issues facing transatlantic policymakers today and proposes solutions.

In the past few years, many have questioned the future of the transatlantic relationship. The bond between the United States and Europe appears weaker than ever before, as states rethink their strategic priorities in light of current geopolitical trends, and focus more on national (rather than shared) interests amid the rise of populist movements at home. States are struggling to find a common course of action on an array of economic, security, diplomatic, social, and political issues. 

In response to this moment of change and challenge, Perry World House brought together Penn experts from a range of disciplines to identify the most important questions for the future of the transatlantic relationship and suggest answers, for use by policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic.

Read the full report here. 

This policy brief contains the following questions and answers from Penn faculty and scholars.

What do E.U., U.K., and U.S. Politics Mean for Transatlantic Relations?
Spencer P. Boyer, Senior Fellow at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service

What is NATO's Main Challenge Now?
Michael Carpenter, Senior Director at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement

What Ended the Cold War?
William Ewald, Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania

How Can Transatlantic Policymakers Reinforce and Revise the Institutions, Norms, and Laws that Undergird the International Order? 
Julia Gray, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania

How Can Transatlantic Policymakers Confront Rising Populism?
Julia Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania

What are American and European Officials Doing to Protect and Promote Embedded Liberalism?
Edward D. Mansfield, Hum Rosen Professor of Political Science and Director of Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania; Nita Rudra, Professor of Government at Georgetown University

Do Small States Matter in Transatlantic Relations?
Brendan O'Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania 

What Can Countries like Belarus and Moldova Teach the Transatlantic Community About the Future of Western Politics?
Mitchell Orenstein, Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute

This project was developed as part of Perry World House and the University of Pennsylvania's participation in the German Marshall Fund of the United States' annual Brussels Forum.