Panels and speakers

FOTAR2018 provides a platform for high-level politicians, academics, journalists, business and civil society representatives from the US and Europe to discuss current global questions in transatlantic trade, environmental and security policy.


The liberal international economic order is based on open markets, multilateral institutions, and liberal democracy. Today, it faces increasingly serious challenges by some of its leading architects, including the United States under its current leadership. Reciprocal allegations of unfair trade practices exchanged between leaders of the world’s largest economies, as well as constituents’ fears over negative effects of globalization have led to a rise in nationalist movements and protectionist attitudes across the world.


Climate change and environmental protection are among the most urgent and complex issues that require global coordination and cooperation. In the past, the EU and the US have often played a vital role in moving international climate negotiations forward and delivering results. Their economies and regulatory bodies have long been drivers in technological innovation, in transitioning to low-carbon energy systems, and in advances made inter alia in transportation, agriculture and building efficiency.


Since NATO was created almost 70 years ago, the alliance has been a cornerstone of European security and stability and has played an undeniable role in promoting peace and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic. Today, however, the North Atlantic security alliance is under significant strain. In 2017, the US administration’s back-and-forth in endorsing the US’s commitment to Article 5 of the NATO Treaty alarmed its European allies. Currently, there are real differences between the US leadership and several European governments over issues such as defense spending or the Iran nuclear agreement.