U.S. Strategic Priorities in the Trump Era Implications for European Allies

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Séminaire du 12/10/2017 - CERI Sciences Po-CEA 

Opening Session - New Directions in US Foreign Policy: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Conversation with Dr. Kim R. Holmes, senior vice president for research, The Heritage Foundation; former assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs (2001-2004).

Moderated by Dr. Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, associate fellow, CERI-Sciences Po, director, Paris office, German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Panel Discussion 1 – Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Strategic Interests

The Trump administration has proposed radical breaks with existing U.S. international engagement. How significant is the reassessment of U.S. policies, including nuclear posture, diplomacy and the use of military force? What potential opportunities or pitfalls may come with these changes in policy? How will the U.S. administration redefine or reorder U.S. strategic interests? Which threats to U.S. strategic interests are most important over the coming years?

Dr. Jacob Parakilas, deputy Head, U.S. and the Americas Program, Chatham House.
Lisa Samp, senior fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); former director for NATO and European strategic affairs, U.S. National Security Council (2014-2015).
Dr. Jon Wolfsthal, nonresident scholar, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; former special assistant to former U.S. president Barack Obama as senior director for arms control and nonproliferation, U.S. National Security Council (2014-2017).

Moderator: Dr. Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, associate fellow, CERI-Sciences Po, director, Paris office, German Marshall Fund of the United States. 11.00-11.15am


Panel Discussion 2 - Strategic Uncertainty for European Allies

2016-17 has been a period of great uncertainty for European allies, as policymakers on the Continent await new priorities from Washington and the results of negotiations between London and Brussels. Will this fluid environment effect European strategic planning? What impact, if any, does America’s uncertain commitment to NATO have on EU common defense planning? Will Trump’s transactional view of international cooperation make him better at alliance building than his predecessors, or will it undermine transatlantic and multilateral cooperation?

Alexandre Escorcia, deputy head of Policy Planning, French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs.
Jamie Fly, senior fellow, director of the Future of Geopolitics and Asia programs, German Marshall Fund of the United States, former counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio (2013–2017).
Dr. Claudia Major, senior associate, International Security, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP).

Moderator: Martin Quencez, fellow and senior program officer, Paris office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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