The transatlantic security relationship in the wake of the London NATO meeting, Brexit and the Middle East crisis

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The transatlantic security relationship is facing an unprecedented level of stress. The NATO meeting in London already highlighted the strained relationship with French President Macron calling the alliance “brain dead” and US President Trump defending his decision to remove troops from the Turkish-Syrian border.

The current Iran crisis indicates further divisions between the Trump administration, the EU and the three European powers France, Germany and the United Kingdom. These divides over Iran also show the difficulties for the UK to shift away from its European partners and be closer to the US. The UK’s strategic orientation will impact and shape the future transatlantic security relations for the years to come.

The dinner debate is by invitation only and will offer an opportunity to meet some of the speakers of the policy insight ‘Transatlantic defence cooperation in the Trump era’ and Paul Taylor, the author of the report as well as to discuss the impact on EU-US security relationship following the NATO latest summit outcomes, incoming Brexit and the US-Iran crisis.

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Ian Lesser
Ian Lesser

Vice-President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

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Following a distinguished career as a scholar and policy analyst at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the RAND Corporation, Ian Lesser is the GMF’s Vice-President and the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Center, leading work on the Mediterranean, Turkey and the wider Atlantic. From 1994-1995, Lesser was a member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State, responsible for Turkey, Southern Europe, North Africa, and the multilateral track of the Middle East peace process. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

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