Transatlantic Policy Forum 2019
Starting on Wednesday, October 30 and continuing on Thursday, October 31, CEPA co-hosted the second annual Transatlantic Policy Forum with EUROPEUM. The event was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
This closed-door summit for decision-makers and opinion-formers was a timely opportunity to assess the internal and external threats to the transatlantic relationship, ranging from Chinese interference and influence to prioritizing security measures for the stability of the Alliance.
Wednesday night featured opening remarks from Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Povejšil and Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker, with introductions from CEPA President Peter B. Doran, and EUROPEUM Director Vladimír Bartovic. The evening concluded with a Night Owl Session, "Under Pressure: NATO's Readiness and Response to Threats." Jiří Šedivý, Ambassador and Former Special Representative to NATO from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and Michael Carpenter, Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Engagement in the United States provided opening thoughts for the session. The conversation was moderated by Martin Michelot, Deputy Director of EUROPEUM. The discussion featured insights on the various challenges facing the Alliance in order to progress to more integrated cooperation on military mobility, cohesion, and coherence.
Thursday kicked off with a session on "The Next Big Challenger: China's Presence in Europe, Central Europe, and the West." Opening thoughts were provided by Daniel Kochis, Senior Policy Analyst in European Affairs for the Heritage Foundation and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Head of Policy Planning at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session was moderated by Peter B. Doran, President of CEPA. The conversation featured a discussion on the threat Chinese technology, economic practices, and interference poses to transatlantic security and stability.
The second session on Thursday featured a discussion on "In Business Together: The Future of U.S.-EU Trading Relations." Krzysztof Bledowski, Senior Economist at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation and Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael Research presented opening thoughts for the session. Vladimír Bartovic, Director of EUROPEUM moderated the conversation. During the session, participants discussed the significance transatlantic trade plays in the overall relationship of the Alliance.
The last discussion, the "To-Do List in Transatlantic Relations," featured thoughts from Ambassador Stephen B. King, U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, and David Král, Director of the Policy Planning Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Czech Republic. Assistant Secretary of State Phil Reeker also shared his perspective on the priorities for the relationship. The session was moderated by Reka Szémerkenyi, Executive Vice President of CEPA. During this final conversation, participants outlined possible solutions and actions which could strengthen the transatlantic relationship.