ON-Lion Letter

In February, the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, D.C., is releasing the second edition of its State of the Transatlantic World.  As with last year's edition, the volume assembles essays from a number of current and former fellows of the Transatlantic Academy to offer their insights on significant developments in transatlantic relations over the past year and some glimpses on what to expect in the year to come. 

Last year, the focus was on the impact of the Edward Snowden revelations, especially on the German-U.S. relationship and the challenge to the transatlantic community posed by the excesses of a burgeoning national-security state in the United States.  The so-called Pacific pivot of the Obama administration was also a central topic, as were the problems of democracy and governability in Europe and the United States.  Developments in Turkey and in the field of energy and natural resources received a lot of attention, too.

The year that just ended, 2014, was dominated by Russia’s actions in Ukraine and their implications for the post-Cold War European order.  Essays in this year's volume focus on the complex of issues surrounding this geopolitical earthquake -- as well as on NATO, the revival of Italy's foreign-policy role, Polish foreign policy, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the possibilities of "Brexit" from the European Union, the eurozone, the continued rise of China, and where Turkey is heading.

"Running through all these essays are questions for Western leadership," according to Transatlantic Academy executive director Stephen F. Szabo.  "The United States, for a variety of both domestic and international reasons, will not play the role in this new Europe that it did in the postwar era.  With a new set of leaders and faltering economies, Europe will now have to step up and take on more responsibility, while maintaining the cohesion it has shown so far in its response to Putin's challenge.  These essays, we hope, will prove stimulating, and we welcome your comments."

With The German Marshall Fund of the United States and others, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Transatlantic Academy.

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