Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

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Adapting the US-EU Summit for a Globalized World

Ran Burwell, Annette Heuser

November 2010

Atlantic Council


As President Obama prepares to meet with European leaders for the first U.S.-EU Summit since the enactment of the Lisbon Treaty, the Atlantic Council and the Bertelsmann Foundation have prepared a joint strategy arguing that such meetings can only advance policies of interest to Washington and Brussels if the gatherings are restructured and less exclusive.

The brief, written by Atlantic Council Vice President Fran Burwell and Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Director Annette Heuser, provides an overview of the U.S.-EU policy relationship, identifies the challenges to deepened transatlantic cooperation, and offers recommendations for reaffirming the transatlantic alliance.