Academy for Cultural Diplomacy

The Transatlantic Relationship

About the Program

Introduction to the Program

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy established “The European-American Relationship Program” to strengthen the political, economic and cultural ties across the Atlantic and to highlight the importance of this relationship to international activity in pursuit of global public goods.

The United States and Europe have a deep historical relationship that has bound the two regions from the Age of Enlightenment and political revolution, through the waves of 19th century immigration, to the political manifestations of the Cold War and the predicted new world order. European heads of state frequently refer to a “special relationship” with the US, and a “Trip West” is inevitably one of the first official visits they will undertake upon election.

Despite these common experiences, and longstanding cooperation in global politics, there remain key areas in which the transatlantic relationship has become strained, notably over the past decade. These differences are most prominent with regards to foreign and security policy, in particular the use of military force abroad and the need for a comprehensive approach to climate change. The digital revolution has also resulted in differences in domestic policy, such as the role of religion in society, becoming international news and influencing public opinion abroad.

If the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly globalized world are to be met, the US and Europe, comprising around half of the world’s total GDP, must work together. It is in recognition of the importance of this relationship that the ICD established the program “The European-American Relationship Program”.

Program Aims

The European-American Relationship program will pursue the following specific aims:
  • To improve understanding between the US and Europe at the grass roots level.
  • To increase academic, cultural, and scientific exchange between the US and Europe.
  • To strengthen international trade and investment between the US and Europe.
  • To generate stronger cooperation between the US and Europe in tackling global public goods.

Academic Themes

In recognition of the specific program aims outlined above, the activity of the European-American relationship program will focus on the following academic themes:
  • The history and development of the European-American relationship.
  • The drivers of foreign and domestic policy in the US and Europe.
  • The role of cultural diplomacy and soft power in foreign policy.
  • An analysis of transatlantic trade and investment and consideration of future trends.
  • The approach of the US and Europe towards the United Nations, NATO, and other international organizations.
  • A comparison of US and European approaches to integration and immigration.
  • The impact of the digital revolution on political and media culture in the United States and Europe.
  • US and European approaches to tackling global climate change.