- Opening DAY 1
09:30 – 10:30
Values and Interests: The Realities of Transatlantic Partnership
Over the course of one presidency, the transatlantic relationship has gone from constructive and cooperative to reserved and strained, but panelists agree that these differences are likely superficial and will not change the long term relationship between the US and Europe.
Underpinning the rhetoric at the top is a strong and consistent relationship. – Baroness Catherine Ashton
America got rich because we understood that we will prosper only if everyone else prospers at the same time. It is simply not true thtat the EU was created as a US competitor, we wanted them to exist so we would not have to fight wars in Europe again and so it would make us rich. – Amb Daniel Fried
The US needs an ally in reforming the WTO, and so the US will collaborate with the EU in the end out of necessity. – Amb Jakub Wisniewski
13:30 – 14:30
Foreign Election Interference: Creating or Filling in the Cracks?
Election interference is part of a broader ongoing effort by authoritarian regimes to undermine democracy. This is primarily being done through information operations, most frequently seen today on social media platforms. A lack of regulation has allowed the spread of misinformation and disorganized method to counter it. The private sector cannot take full responsibilty for this, and regulation must be put into place by consulting all the relevant actors, to create a framework based on the protection of rights and the rule of law. Mechanisms for information sharing between not only countries but also intelligence communities and the public will be essential in the short term, while government must continue to emphasize the development of critical thinking skills in their education policy in order to build more resilience in their populations in the long term.
Accusation of regulating internet is undermining democratic views, what we need is open democracy. – Marietje Schaake
We have to take all the measures to make sure to rebuilt the public trust, we cannot afford so much time in order to find out what is fake news or what is not. - Marietje Schaake
Policy will always be slower than technology development. - Lisa Past
12:30 – 13:00
GLOBSEC Chat: U.S. and Europe Still in it Together?
The US and Europe are unlikely to part ways any time soon. The advantages of NATO are too great to walk away, and transatlantic security too valuable to be put to the test. The very fact that China and Russia are gaining influence would strengthen the partnership between the US and Europe. A rexamination of trade relations and institutions is necessary, not just between the US and Europe, but also across the globe
Criticism without engagement can lead to estrangement.
We have different threat perceptions and we always had. And that is what the alliances, and events like this (GLOBSEC), are all about – exchanges perceptions of threats