This year, the transatlantic relationship and its future are being called into question as both sides of the Atlantic wrestle with domestic terrorism, rise in tribal, anti-globalist, populist sentiments, and democratic decision making where emotions weigh more heavily than facts. Established to strengthen transatlantic collaboration in the spirit of the Marshall Plan, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is setting up new avenues for its alumni smart power leadership network to come together and more regularly assess developments as they happen, identify new priorities for transatlantic collaboration, and advance these through collective action, leveraging the talent and strength of the network in which GMF has invested for the past 34 years.
Leadership Perspectives with Enhanced Connectivity
Beginning this month, GMF will organize a series of four Leadership Perspectives to examine the impact of the U.S. presidential election. For the purpose of this series, GMF will set up an instant messenger group that will serve as a conduit for questions and a platform for engagement on the future of transatlantic relations. The Leadership Perspective series will look at the future of U.S. policy priorities, politics, and relations with Europe, as well as the possible impact the new presidency may have on next year’s elections across Europe. It will feature in house experts and alumni on all of these themes.
Transatlantic 20/20 Strategic Leadership Retreat
From April 6-9, GMF will convene 100 of its most active alumni to reflect on upcoming challenges for the transatlantic relationship and formulate a three year strategy for a new era of collective action. The retreat will focus on three areas of great transatlantic concern for the 21st century leaders: the future of democracy, global engagement, and identity and inclusion. Participants will share personal strategies and engage in dynamic discussions to imagine and develop new priorities for collective GMF alumni action through our mini grant program and accompanying alumni enrichment programs, including Marshall Seminars and Transatlantic Leadership Seminars.
This opportunity is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Compagnia di San Paolo.
Thought Leadership on the Path Forward
GMF is interested in your perspectives on the future of democracy, global engagement, and diversity and inclusion. If you would like to share an opinion piece that you have recently produced, or to provide us with your fresh thoughts – both in a formal or informal style, either written or by audio or video – you may do so using the link below.
GMF has limited funds available to support members traveling to “Transatlantic 20/20”, our upcoming triennial strategic retreat in the Italian Alps, and will consider such contributions when allocating travel and accommodation stipends.
GMF was created 44 years ago as a testament to an effort to preserve open and democratic societies grounded in liberty, equality, and solidarity against the threat of totalitarianism. Together, the transatlantic leaders who make up our leadership network serve as an anchor for the transatlantic relationship and the values it represents. The moment has come to take action and preserve this relationship and its values for the benefit of future generations. Thank you for your continued engagement and your active leadership.