Europe’s foreign and security policy agenda for a Trump presidency

Panel discussion with the next generation of security experts.


Dr. Golo M. Bartsch, Desk officer, European Security and Defence Policy, Federal Ministry of Defence

Sönke Neitzel, Professor for War Studies, University of Potsdam

Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director, ECFR

Christel Zunneberg, Research Assistant, ECFR Berlin

Chaired by

Almut Möller, Senior Policy Fellow and Head of ECFR Berlin office

ECFR and Stiftung Mercator in co-operation with University of Potsdam are delighted to invite you to the discussion 

Europe’s foreign and security policy agenda for a Trump presidency

Monday the 23rd of January 2017 │18:00 – 20:00 PM
Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Potsdam
Wissenschaftsetage (4th Floor) │WIS Bildungsforum
Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam

The transatlantic relationship has long been the pillar of European foreign and security policy. Now that the newly elected US President Donald Trump has called into question the very concept of “alliance”, Europeans have to increasingly take security matters into their own hands. Where is President Trump taking US foreign and security policy, and what does this mean for the European security architecture? What is the prospect for transatlantic security cooperation – and where does it find its limits? Where do Europeans need to be able to go it alone, and with what kind of new concepts and alliances?

Will a Europe torn by nationalistic tendencies be able to deepen the EU’s common foreign and security policy, now it feels the transatlantic earth slipping from under its feet? How will the unpredictability of the US President play out NATO? And what is the role of Germany in solving this conundrum? With Donald Trump’s insistence on Europe’s financial responsibility for its own security, European and American eyes are directed at a Germany that has been taking the lead in responding to many of Europe’s contemporary crises. What is Germany’s response in terms of intellectual leadership in re-shaping European security, and what does that mean for Berlin’s commitment to defense?

We want to discuss these and other questions with the next generation of security experts and look forward to this debate in an inspiring location over the roofs of Potsdam.  

Please register through [email protected]. Please note that space is limited and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The event will be followed by a reception.