On October 9th and 10th, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in partnership with Airbus Group and in association with the Canadian government, organized the third working session of the Transatlantic Security Task Force 2014 program. The events entitled “Transatlantic Strategic Convergences and Divergences: Are We Facing a New Strategic Moment?” took place at GMF headquarters, and brought together more than 40 European and American scholars and experts, representatives of governments and international institutions, and of the defense industry. The discussions were held under the Chatham House rule.
The working session was organized around a keynote dinner with General Jean-Paul Paloméros, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) and moderated by Dr. Karen Donfried, President of the GMF, and three sessions featuring each a panel of three speakers structured as follows:
Session I – Balancing Cooperation and Confrontation: Transatlantic Power in the 21st Century
Session II – A Much-Needed Transatlantic Assessment of International Governance
Session III – Defining the New Strategic Environment for Transatlantic Powers
The first session focused on the need to efficiently calibrate the level of confrontation and cooperation in transatlantic strategy and foreign policy in order to find the right mix of capabilities. The participants also highlighted the way revisionist powers have used transatlantic strategic hesitations to their advantage, and discussed the possibility to cooperate with powers that find their raison d’être in the confrontation against transatlantic partners. The second session addressed the transatlantic use of supranational institutions and the means necessary to protect the international order in the 21st century. Finally, the third panel focused on defining the characteristics of the security environment at a time when the simultaneity of crises and the transatlantic resource constraints require more strategic creativity from transatlantic powers.
The speakers’ presentations were followed by an open discussion with the other participants. A concluding session, providing concrete recommendations, was moderated by Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, director of the Paris Office of the GMF.