ON-Lion Letter
A study released in June by the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, D.C., reveals that growing threats to the current global-governance structure -- especially the rise of China -- show the deep need for focused transatlantic cooperation over a range of issues in an emerging multipolar world. 

A collaborative report by American and European fellows of the Transatlantic Academy, Global Shift:  How the West Should Respond to the Rise of China argues that Atlantic renewal is essential to safeguarding stability in global governance in the coming era.  The alternative, Atlantic drift, could have dire consequences for the global order.

"The dramatic and rapid shift of economic power away from the West will have major implications for the global political and economic international order in this century," said Stephen F. Szabo, executive director of the Transatlantic Academy, which is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

"The rise of China is the most important manifestation of this shift and has the greatest potential to reshape the global order," Szabo continued.  "China's rise poses a fundamental question for the transatlantic relationship:  Will Europe and America be pulled together as they were in the Cold War, or will their responses be diffuse and divergent?  The Transatlantic Academy fellows in this study offer ways for the West to cohere in a new partnership and to shape a common response to the strategic challenges of the 21st century."

The Transatlantic Academy serves as a forum for a select group of scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, and from different academic and policy disciplines, to examine a single set of issues.  Working together from a transatlantic and interdisciplinary perspective, Academy fellows use research, publications, and seminars to make policy-relevant contributions to policy debates facing the transatlantic community.

Global Shift:  How the West Should Respond to the Rise of China was authored by 2010-2011 Transatlantic Academy fellows Daniel Deudney of Johns Hopkins UniversityJames Goldgeier of The George Washington University, Hanns W. Maull of the University of Trier in Germany, Steffen Kern of Deutsche BankSoo Yeon Kim of the National University of Singapore, and Iskander Rehman of the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.
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