Thursday 10 November 2016
EPC Elections Monitor 15.00 - 16.30
After Obama: prospects for transatlantic affairs
The upcoming presidential elections in the United States are the most important in decades. The two contenders offers a very stark choice in terms of values and priorities on both the domestic and international front. The ongoing electoral campaign has highlighted worrying trends, such as the rise of populist politics and the loss of trust in so-called elites, which resonate on both sides of the Atlantic. Given the centrality of the US to international affairs, the outcome will carry far-reaching implications for international order and stability. Most of the US Congress is also up for re-election, which will define the political context and margin for manoeuvre of the new administration.
This EPC Elections Monitor will assess the results of the elections and debate their potential consequences for Europe, transatlantic relations and international affairs at large. What will be the next President’s overarching foreign policy goals? What role will the transatlantic partnership play in this context? How will the new administration deal with the conflicts and geopolitical crises surrounding Europe? What priority will be placed on the transatlantic economic agenda and the transatlantic trade and investment partnership in particular? Will the US and Europe be willing and able to join forces to deal with complex global challenges? This debate will address these and other central questions for the future of transatlantic relations.
* Marietje Schaake: Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the United States
* Peter Chase: Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
* Teri Schultz: Freelance U.S. journalist
* Giovanni Grevi: Senior Fellow, European Policy Centre
* Janis A. Emmanouilidis: Director of Studies, European Policy Centre (Moderator)