Xenia Wickett explains why, while the path may be rocky in the short term, the longer-term fundamentals of the transatlantic relationship remain strong and that, to maintain strong US-Europe relations, look beyond Donald Trump.
Xenia Wickett, Head, US and the Americas Programme; Dean, The Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs
To mark the launch of the Chatham House Report Transatlantic Relations: Converging or Diverging?, Xenia Wickett (Head of the US and the Americas Programme) makes the case that, although the transatlantic relationship may currently be traversing a period of divergence, this need not lead to a structural split over the longer term.
She argues that the fundamentals in relations between the US and Europe remain strong, and the prospects are mostly positive. It will be important, however, that leaders on both sides of the Atlantic maintain their focus on the structural drivers of potential convergence and divergence, and take steps to mitigate the risks of long-term divisions.