GMF-French MFA Private Roundtable: The Implications for the Transatlantic Relationship of the American “Strategic Restraint”
The Paris office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in partnership with the Centre d’Analyse, de Prévision et de Stratégie (CAPS) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized a private roundtable on October 15, 2013, with French and U.S. officials, experts, and academics to discuss the scope and the implications of the U.S. “strategic restraint” for the transatlantic relationship. The one-day workshop was divided into five panels dedicated to geographical and thematic issues, and a concluding session dedicated to highlighting actionable recommendations for the transatlantic policy community. The sessions were moderated by Dr. Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, director of the Paris office of GMF, and Justin Vaïsse, director of the CAPS.
The participants discussed the dynamics of what could arguably be one of the most important shifts in transatlantic security cooperation: they highlighted the reality of the U.S. 'strategic restraint' and its implications for transatlantic security cooperation in Africa, the MENA region, Central & Eastern Europe, and Asia, as well as addressed the issue of the future of international organizations in the context of an evolution transatlantic strategic partnership. The participants of the roundtable analyzed the enduring strengths of transatlantic partners as global security-providers and underlined the often under-estimated weaknesses of the emerging powers. The concluding recommendations insisted on the need to improve burden-sharing and division of labor between transatlantic powers as well as within Europe, notably with regards to the strategic role of Germany.
The event took place at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and brought together about 15 officials and leading strategic and foreign affairs experts from France, Europe and the United States.