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The End of the Transatlantic Era?

Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Chicago, US


Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Bryon G. Ehrhart, Global Head of Strategic Growth & Development, Aon
Laura Haim, Political Journalist; Former Spokesperson for the Presidential Campaign of Emmanuel Macron
João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations; Former Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
Thomas Raines, Research Fellow and Programme Manager, Europe Programme, Chatham House
Charles A. Kupchan, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Thomas Wright, Director, Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution
Shawn Donnan, World Trade Editor, Financial Times
Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
Laura Lane, President of Global Public Affairs, UPS

Further speakers TBC


The US and the EU face many of the same challenges today: they must maintain economic growth in the face of global competition, harness and manage rapid technological change and respond to diverse security threats. Yet a transatlantic alliance that has endured since the end of the Second World War now appears increasingly divided over how to respond.  

The 2016 Brexit referendum and the US presidential election resulted in victories for populist campaigns that questioned the core values and institutions of this alliance. More recent elections in Europe have bolstered centrist candidates, and helped to rejuvenate the EU. But on questions of trade, security, climate change and relations with Russia, Europe’s leaders have frequently been at odds with the Trump administration. On these and other critical issues, an opportunity and impetus has arisen for the EU to assume a global leadership role that many feel the US is abandoning.

Are the EU and the US on divergent paths? How are changing geopolitical and economic realities transforming the transatlantic alliance? And how committed is this alliance to defending the global institutions and rules it created? Chatham House and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will convene policy experts, journalists and practitioners for a half-day event to chart these trends and consider their implications.

Please note, this event will take place in Chicago between 2.30pm and 7pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Chatham House members will be able to follow a livestream of the event here on the day.

This event is being co-hosted with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.