Revisiting Transatlantic Cooperation
The tenth meeting of the Trilateral Strategy Group (TSG) was held in Stockholm December 14-16. The theme for this meeting was “Revisiting Transatlantic Cooperation,” with panels on transatlantic identity, Atlanticism and its challengers, society and social models, ISIS insurgency, and implications of TTIP for business and strategy. Conducted under the Chatham House Rule, the two-day discussion brought together 47 participants from the U.S., EU, and Turkey from the public, private, and NGO sectors.
The event kicked off December 14 with an opening dinner on the future of Atlanticism featuring Swedish Parliament Speaker Urban Ahlin. The first discussion began with a welcome from GMF President Dr. Karen Donfried, Ambassador Lars Wahlund, ambassador of Sweden to Turkey, and Bahadir Kaleağası, international coordinator for Turkish Industry and Business (TÜSIAD.)
After the welcoming remarks the discussion began by looking at what makes transatlantic identity in a panel titled “Transatlantic Identity: Who Are We?” Following the conversation on identity, the next panel made an assessment of the ISIS insurgency and how to deal with it. The first day discussions concluded with a panel on challengers of Atlanticism. During the evening participants gathered for a dinner hosted by the ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Sweden, Kaya Türkmen.
The second day discussions started with a panel on society and social models across the Atlantic. The tenth Trilateral Strategy Group meeting concluded with a panel on implications of TTIP for business and strategy.
TSG participants included Carl Bildt, former foreign affairs minister of Sweden, Afif Demirkıran, member of Turkish parliament, as well as many other distinguished policymakers, intellectuals, and business representatives.
The Trilateral Strategy Group is organized by GMF in partnership with the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD,) Koç Holding, and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.