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Panel discussion

Trans-Atlantic Relations at a Time of Growing Isolationism

May 17, 18:45-20:15

In 1947, at the start of the Cold War, US Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously asserted that “politics stops at the water’s edge”. Recently however this sentiment no longer feels true. Aid packages to Ukraine, Taiwan and long-term ally Israel were stalled for months in the House of Representatives. It seems that Americans are tired of forever wars and want to focus more on internal matters. Is it true? What should we expect after the November elections? How can we keep the two sides of the Atlantic on the same page when it comes to foreign and security policy?


Benjamin Haddad

Member of the French National Assembly

Andrea Kendall-Taylor

Senior Fellow and Director with the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security 

Margus Tsahkna

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Ana Isabel Xavier

Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence of Portugal


Rym Momtaz

Consultant Research Fellow for European Foreign Policy and Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies