Fellow, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School; Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
September 24, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has spurred European anxiety and frustration and also reignited a long-standing debate over European strategic autonomy, notably in the field of security and defense. Additionally, the recent historic trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States in the Asia-Pacific (AUKUS) and its first major initiative of delivering a nuclear-powered submarine fleet has led to France recalling its ambassador to the United States in protest.
This seminar will examine the state of the relationship between Europe and the Biden administration given these challenges, what lies behind the European critique of U.S. foreign policy, and the implications this might have on a transatlantic approach to China. The discussion will also explore whether this moment represents a genuine turning point in European ambitions to assume greater responsibility and risk on security and defense, the obstacles that persist, and the future of the transatlantic partnership.