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Partners of First Resort: America, Europe, and the Future of the West

David McKean and Bart M.J. Szewczyk in conversation with Daniel S. Hamilton on their new book "Partners of First Resort: America, Europe, and the Future of the West"

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Jan. 7, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am ET

Partners of First Resort: America, Europe, and the Future of the West

A struggle is currently being waged for the soul of the West: to determine whether America and Europe can recover instincts for joint action or if they are doomed to pursue divergent paths. Much damage has been inflicted during the past four years, but the election of Joe Biden as president augurs well for the prospect of potentially the most trans-Atlanticist administration in decades. Yet, reinvigorating and reimagining the trans-Atlantic relationship will be an uphill battle. Success in that will affect, among other things, the West's ability to deal with Russia.

Based on their book, Partners of First Resort: America, Europe, and the Future of the West, David McKean and Bart M. J. Szewczyk lay out a path for a trans-Atlantic renaissance to restore a community based on the same liberal objectives that animated the West and built a more peaceful, prosperous, and politically inclusive world order. America and Europe still need each other as partners of first resort, out of strategic necessity and commonality of interests. Moreover, the world needs a vibrant and energetic West to protect its fundamental values from illiberal forces. Modernizing the institutional links will help better address common challenges.

David McKean is a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund. Formerly he served as director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State and as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.

Bart M.J. Szewczyk is adjunct professor at Sciences Po in Paris. Formerly he served on the Policy Planning staff of the U.S. Department of State and worked as adviser on global affairs at the European Commission's think tank.

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Global Europe Program

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