27 February 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Growing Russian Influence and Pressures on Atlanticism 
On February 27, CEPA hosted an exclusive, closed-door briefing for Members of the CEE Caucuses, organized in conjunction with the Office of Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio). This briefing featured insights from Réka Szemerkényi, Executive Vice President of CEPA, Janusz Bugajski, Senior Fellow at CEPA, and Donald N. Jensen, Senior Fellow at CEPA.
For decades, the U.S.-European Alliance has been the cornerstone of global security. It has rested on a foundation of shared values and interests. Today, it is also an Alliance under internal and external pressures including unresolved questions of migration, Russian propaganda, and burden-sharing within NATO. Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the “Atlantic era” where new spheres of interest drive decision-making and strategy? Or do we have an opportunity to reshape our Alliance structures in Europe into a force multiplier of American leadership around the world?
As the leading think-tank on the Central-East European region, CEPA is well-positioned to provide actionable insight on the geopolitics and strategic dimensions of America’s “frontline” allies. CEPA’s leading experts led a focused discussion on CEE contributions to the transatlantic community; how Washington’s policies might keep European countries moored to the international order that we achieved at the end of the Cold War; and ways for maximizing America’s role in Europe—and minimizing Russia’s currently expanding influence across the West through its propaganda and its energy projects.