Transatlantic Relations After the Inauguration 1.31.05

January 27, 2005

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) will host a roundtable discussion on Transatlantic Relations After the Inauguration with Steven C. Clemons of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy and The New America Foundation; Peter Schneider, Author and Political Commentator; and Michael Werz, German Marshall Fund of the United States/University of Hanover. The event will be moderated by Jeffrey Peck, AICGS/Georgetown University.

Date: Monday, January 31, 2005
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Stein Room, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Since the dispute over the Iraq war, it has become commonplace to assert that relations between the United States and its European allies continue to deteriorate.

Bush supporters were angered by European preferences for the Democratic candidate during the U.S. presidential election. Since his reelection and in his inaugural speech, however, President Bush has made concerted efforts to speak of international collaboration, multilateralism, and partnerships. His first trip abroad will be to Europe in February to underscore his administration’s intention to improve transatlantic relations. President Bush will travel first to Brussels, then to Germany, and finally to the Slovak Republic.

What has been the response of Europeans and the European Union to President Bush’s inaugural remarks? Do Europeans and Americans interpret his inaugural speech as a blueprint for future cooperation in the transatlantic and global spheres? Are the Europeans prepared to cooperate with a second Bush administration? Can these assurances overcome the differences of the recent past? Or did the speech add to the alienation of European publics already suspicious of the President's rhetoric?

The panelists will address these questions and will provide their perspectives on the prospects for repairing the transatlantic partnership. They will assess whether both sides can overcome their differences and focus on common agendas in which they share responsibilities and goals using different resources and capabilities.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Ilonka Oszvald at 202/332-9312 ext. 125; e-mail

Posted by coalition at January 27, 2005 08:08 AM

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