GMF-Paris and Chatham House launched a new joint initiative called “Transatlantic Strategy Group on the Future of U.S. Global Leadership” last September 12th, in London. This project is designed to enhance the European understanding of the future of American global leadership. It aims to assess and anticipate the impact of changes in the strategic orientations of American foreign policy on the future of European foreign policy, by convening a group of scholars and officials from the United States and Europe three times over the course of a year to discuss specific challenges and opportunities facing the transatlantic partners. Building on the assumption that a transformation is taking place, this project will analyze and evaluate how U.S. selective strategic retrenchment is changing its reliance on regional and global partners and what they, specifically in Europe, need to do to respond. Particularly in the near term while a new modus operandi is established, the various actors will in fact have to work more closely and strategically rather than less. In order for these mutual movements to take place in a coordinated and coherent fashion, it is crucial that Europe understands U.S. reasoning and actions (and vice versa).
The first roundtable, ‘Responding to a Revanchist Russia’, brought together a small group of experts from Europe, Russia and the United States to discuss how US policy towards Russia is changing, what this means for Europe as a whole, particularly NATO countries and thus how Europe, and the European Union, should respond. The principal points are summarized in the meeting note.