CEPA STRATCOM PROGRAM
THE ROAD TO BRUSSELS
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.