The World Order in Disarray: Why Saving the Transatlantic Alliance is Crucial


05.11.2019, Panel discussion, 17h - 19h, Thon Hotel EU

Rue de la Loi 75, 1000 Brussels (registration from 16h45)

U.S. and EU flags are pictured during the visit of Vice President Pence to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels“ Reuters/François Lenoir


For over 80 years, the United States has assumed the primary leadership role in the world. It served as a symbol and actor for a collection of values; above all, for peace and prosperity and an economic order that did not benefit only its own interest. Yet, two years and ten months after the inauguration of the incumbent U.S. President, nationalistic "America First" policies have radically impacted the foreign policy of the United States, drawing into question the global order it has helped create. Long-standing bonds of trust with friends and allies have been damaged to a degree that will require time, patience, and strength to repair. This planet faces enormous climate and energy problems which can only be solved in a collaborative, cooperative, and inclusive world order. These challenges have an urgency that contemporary politics is unable or unwilling to address. New ways of collaboration must take shape to address these matters.

Speakers will include:
Hans-Dieter Lucas, Permanent Representative of Germany to NATO
Metin Hakverdi, MP, Member of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union, German Bundestag
Victoria Holt, Managing Director, Stimson Center and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security, U.S. Department of State (2009-2017)

Contact: Sidonie.Wetzig(at)



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