Both on the campaign trail and since taking office, President Donald Trump has cast doubt over his commitment to American security guarantees in Europe, notably refusing to commit the United States to act upon Article V of the Washington Treaty in the event of a conventional attack on European NATO allies. However, historically, American security policy in Europe has been extremely stable from administration to administration. Given a more assertive Russian military posture over the last four years, Central and Eastern European NATO members have expressed concern that the Obama Administration’s efforts to reassure allies and reinforce the American forward presence in Europe may not continue under the new administration, or that these forces would not be engaged in the event of an attack.
Ambassador Petr Drulák will draw upon his experiences developing policy in the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give a Central European perspective on the threats facing Europe today and the kind of involvement NATO allies anticipate from Washington.
Derek Chollet, formerly assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs in the Department of Defense, will comment on how the exceptional rhetoric and worldview of the current President shape U.S. strategic objectives, and how America’s role in European security could potentially evolve in the coming years.
This is an invitation-only event.
To register, or if you have any questions, please contact Lélia Rousselet at +33 1 47 23 48 12 or LRousselet@gmfus.org .