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The Task Force "Future of Transatlantic Relations" published its final report on December 2, 2020, at the International Security Forum Bonn hosted by the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies.

On September 24, 2020, the Task Force was established at the invitation of the Henry Kissinger Chair at the University of Bonn. It was composed of interdisciplinary national and international personalities from the fields of science, business and technology. In the following weeks, the Task Force took stock of the effects of current political developments in the United States.

Its goal was to analyze current and future strategic developments in the United States and to ask how these might affect future domestic policy-making and the global positioning of the United States. The Task Force examined the resulting potential consequences for the further shaping of the transatlantic relationship. It focused on how future relations between Europe and America will affect German-American relations, national and international policy-making, and the opportunities for cooperation and economic development in North Rhine-Westphalia. Another guiding principle was the consideration that the presidential elections in the United States on November 3rd and Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration places the future development of transatlantic relations prominently at the center of political and public debate in Germany.

The kick-off event of the Task Force took place in Bonn from September 24 to 25, 2020, in conjunction with the "Dialogue for Strategic Foresight" colloquium organized by the Henry Kissinger Chair. In three working group meetings on October 8, October 28 and October 30, the main topics of the report were discussed in greater depth with other experts from politics, business and academia. The individual sessions focused on the topics "America After the Elections: The Domestic Basis of American Foreign Policy", "Work, Research, Innovation, Technology: New Realities and New Ideas" and "Transatlantic Relations in Geostrategic Change: Constants, Changes and Options for Action".

The Task Force's report also marks the beginning of the transatlantic work program of the Henry Kissinger Chair with the goal of establishing a new research focus for CASSIS at the University of Bonn.


Contact: Ulrich Schlie, Cornelius Lilie, Fenja Wiluda

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