1st Europe- USA Forum (2009)
Washington, D.C December 9-10, 2009






Recommendations for Action


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The Institute for Eastern Studies and the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, organized a conference entitled “Forging a US-EU Strategic Partnership”, which was held on December 9-10, 2009, in Washington DC. The aim of the conference was to create a discussion platform for opinion leaders from both sides of the Atlantic to consider ways of forging a US-EU strategic partnership.

The conference provided with specific recommendations by various opinion leaders on a reformed US-EU relationship. Throughout the sessions and  informal meetings there was a consensus that if the transatlantic partnership is to be a progressive force in the world to come, Americans and Europeans must urgently build a strategic partnership that is more effective in dealing with new partners and addressing transformations. Firstly, challenges related to economics and future positioning the transatlantic economy should be tackled. Secondly, in an age of terrorism and networked threats there is a need for a societal resilience. Preventing conflicts and halting proliferation of agents of mass destruction are high on the agenda too. Last but not least, one cannot forget that further European integration is also a factor.

Many speakers pointed to the fact that the transatlantic partnership we have today cannot be called “strategic”. In order to reach a veritable strategic dimension a new type of politics must to be initiated on both sides of the Atlantic. It needs to be more dynamic and more operational. Fostering the dialogue means engaging more domestic institutions and stakeholders. It also means less pluralism of power both in the US and in the EU.  Both American and European speakers acknowledged a potentially positive role of the Treaty of Lisbon, while underlying the need for a faster and a more coherent EU integration at the same time. 

Discussing these challenges, none of the participants forgot to mention the fact that EU and US share a number of common objectives in a wide variety of areas. These common goals are a solid basis for future development of transatlantic alliance. The important thing is to remember that we need to advance the common ground for cooperation and, at the same time, face arising differences in interests and priorities in the world to come.

A great inspiration for vivid and intense discussions was the report Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic US-EU Partnership presented by Daniel Hamilton, Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations.


Opening Dinner: Can the U.S. and EU Be Strategic Partners?


Robert Wexler, Congressman, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, House of Representatives


Reka Szemerkenyi, former Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary; Camille Grand, Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, France; 

Jacek Kotas, Vice-President, Institute for Eastern Studies


Meeting hall during the debate


Central Europe in Transatlantic Relations
Kurt Volker, Senior Fellow and Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations; Emil Constantinescu, Former President of Romania; Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Senator, former Prime Minister of Poland; Oleksandr Chalyi, Former Head of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine

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