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Overview

The transatlantic relationship has been and remains the cornerstone of the EU’s foreign and security policy. However, in a context where the US is increasingly looking towards Asia and is less willing to take a lead in international affairs, expectations on Europe have been raised. The impact of austerity measures on transatlantic defence budgets further highlights the necessity for Europe to take on more responsibility in international security.

As President Obama has stated: "We want strong allies. We are not looking to be patrons of Europe. We are looking to be partners of Europe". He spoke specifically of European defence capabilities, but his statement can also be applied to other areas of transatlantic cooperation. Indeed, EU-US security cooperation - particularly in the civilian aspects of peace-building and across the spectrum of the comprehensive approach - has increased over the past decade, and there is now a strong basis on which to build.

The rise of new global power centres has added a new dimension to transatlantic debates. Both partners must redefine the relationship to preserve security and prosperity but also to maintain influence in an emerging global system where the US - and the EU, as part of ‘the West’ - may no longer be the sole, or the dominant, player.

The EUISS pays particular attention to developments in US foreign policy and debates over strategy and burden-sharing in security and defence; but also to EU-US cooperation in foreign and security policy and to a broader transatlantic agenda that includes cyber and energy security and other emerging foreign policy challenges.

Publications

  • Cuba and Trump: the power of symbols

    This Alert examines the implications of President Trump’s decision to roll back on the previous administration’s opening to Cuba and stresses that, even if the US returns to a hostile attitude, it is in the EU’s best interest to continue with its policy of engagement with Cuba.

     

  • What if ... Conceivable crises: unpredictable in 2017, unmanageable in 2020?

    This Report presents a number of grey swan scenarios which are designed to help decision-makers think about possible responses to crises and how they can be prevented. They cover a wide variety of geographical and operational situations while never explicitly calling into question specific EU actions or policies – only general EU principles and interests.

  • Haiti: what resilience for the least resilient

    This Alert looks at the challenges facing Haiti’s resilience given its status as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and particularly in light of repeated natural disasters. The Alert also states that domestic and international development efforts should focus on supporting education in order to alleviate poverty.

  • Low carbon development in Latin America

    This Alert looks at the challenges facing Latin America as it transitions from its current development paradigm to a low carbon development path. Which countries have the greatest potential when it comes to renewable energy investments?