Agenda


Panel 1 | Changing Security Structures:
NATO and the Future of European Security

At 70, NATO is an alliance in crisis. The Trump presidency has casted doubts about US commitment to the transatlantic security partnership. Debates about Europe needing to assume greater responsibility for its own security are back on the political agenda. Is the US still willing to defend Europe? And what instruments does Europe need to enhance its security?

Panel 2 | Emerging Security Actors:
Transatlantic Responses to a Rising China

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China’s signature foreign policy project. But it is not just a strategy to enhance economic interests and improve infrastructure, connectivity, or industrial development abroad. What are the BRI’s implications for security, political stability. and the multilateral international order? And what are prospects for engagement for the US and Europe?

Panel 3 | New Security Challenges:
Enhancing Transatlantic Cybersecurity Cooperation

Cyber-attacks, digital disinformation campaigns, and emerging technologies have the potential to bear increasingly destructive and costly implications for national security and for the survival of democracy. What are adequate instruments to counter such threats? And how can technology companies, policymakers and the public address cyber security risks by working together?


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FOTAR (Future of Transatlantic Relations) is a conference format conceptualized and organized by the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung and the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg and supported by generous funding of the Hamburg state government. It brings together high-level international experts from academia and politics, as well as civil society representatives from the United States and Europe to discuss the future of transatlantic relations.

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