Starting on Thursday, November 8th and continuing on Friday, November 9th, CEPA co-hosted the inaugural 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 relationship, ranging from shifts in the Czech and American political landscape to the fast-evolving menace from Russia.
Thursday night featured opening remarks from Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Boyse, CEPA President Peter B. Doran, and EUROPEUM Director Vladimír Bartovic. The evening concluded with a Night Owl Session on "Transatlantic Relations After the NATO Summit." Martin Povejšil, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic and Colleen Bell, former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary provided opening thoughts for the session. The conversation was moderated by Martin Michelot, Deputy Director of EUROPEUM. The discussion featured insight on the various transatlantic perspectives on the results of the NATO Summit and the future impact of European and U.S. policies.
Friday kicked off with a session on "Russia-Interpretations and Russia's presence in Europe, Central Europe, and the West." Opening thoughts were provided by Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Boyse and Jakub Karfík, Director of the North and Eastern Europe Department of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The session was moderated by Peter B. Doran, President of CEPA. The conversation featured the different approaches countries have adopted to deal with the growing pressure emerging from Russia and how those efforts can be integrated to build transatlantic cooperation.
The second session on Friday featured a discussion on "Euroatlantic Economic Ties: A Strong Anchor or a Missing Link?" Krzysztof Bledowski, Senior Economist at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation and Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, 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 Tomáš Valášek, Director of Carnegie Europe. 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.
Peter B. Doran