Why American Needs Europe: Transatlantic Relations after the US Elections

The future of the transatlantic relationship will be decided in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The choice between a second term for President Donald Trump and a President Joe Biden presents two starkly different attitudes toward Europe. This talk will focus on the key differences in these approaches, how the transatlantic relationship can be made more durable, and why the United States actually needs Europe more than it thinks.

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Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller is currently a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. From October 2019 through March 2020, she was the Kissinger Chair on Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress. Her areas of expertise include transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security and defense policy; international law; and human rights. Previously, she was a writer and editor at the German weekly DIE ZEIT (1994 to 2005).  She is also a frequent commentator on American and European radio and television including Presseclub (ARD), National Public Radio, and the BBC.

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