INVITATION: Strengthening the transatlantic relationship in response to geopolitical challengers - Russia and China

We invite you to an online debate organised by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy as a part of Transatlantic Policy Forum (TAPF) and with support of International Visegrad Fund. The debate will take place online on June 7 from 17:30 on our Facebook.

After the first 100 days of the US President Biden in the office and in expectation of the upcoming NATO summit in June 2021, it is the right time to assess where the transatlantic relationship stands and especially in regard to countering two of its currently most significant geopolitical challengers – Russia and China. An intention to deal with a rise of China and Russian aggressive actions, such as a build-up of troops on Ukrainian borders or disinformation campaigns and cyber-attacks, can be observed on all “fronts” – in the NATO 2030 agenda, in Biden´s and EU´s rhetoric and actions. Considering the wide reach of these challengers to Western democracy, its values and markets, NATO leaders will need to present and uphold an effective coordinated policy for the upcoming years. This all needs to take place in consideration of having to recover from the global COVID-19 pandemic, which will likely negatively influence member state´s defence expenditure, and its devastating consequences on health, economic, social and other sectors; battling other challenges such as climate change; but also in respect to EU´s continuous talks about its strategic autonomy.

This event gathers experts on NATO and transatlantic security from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss the current state of EU-US relations, NATO challengers and the security threat posed by Russia and China. What works effectively in facing these global challengers to our security? How can NATO help deter them? How to correctly address China´s BRI or 17+1 initiatives, build-up of Nordstream 2 pipeline and Russian military exercises on Eastern European borders? Lastly, the panellists will discuss where the European strategic autonomy and establishment of the so-called European strategic compass stand in the process of creating a common transatlantic approach to Russian and Chinese threats. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Kristine Berzina –  Senior Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy 
  • Ivana Karásková – Research Fellow and Project Coordinator, Association for International Affairs (AMO) 
  • Rachel Rizzo – Director of Programs, Truman National Security Project 

Moderator: Danielle Piatkiewicz, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM 

We will broadcast the debate in English on Facebook event.

#NATO #Russia #China #Geopolitics

Miroslava Pisklová
Project Manager

Expertise: European security and defence, hybrid threats, Transatlantic relations, Slovak national and foreign policy

Danielle Piatkiewicz
Research Fellow

Areas of expertise: Transatlantic and Central and Eastern European foreign and security relations, democracy promotion and NATO.

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