Engaging the Next Generation of Transatlantic Leaders
Foreign & Domestic Policy Recommendations
During the course of the 2018-2019 project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” the Foreign & Domestic Policy Group focused on trust building, responding to the populist challenge, reflecting on the state of transatlantic security, and responding to China and the problems surrounding technology. To begin, they recommend (re-)building trust as a course of action for strengthening the transatlantic relationship. This would mean engaging multidisciplinary stakeholders for inclusive dialogue to deepen relations between civil societies and states in both countries. The group also recommended that populism needs to be redefined more precisely, distinguishing between anti-elitist populism and anti-pluralist populism. In doing so, it was noted that the dialogue facing the populist challenge should be shifted to be more inclusive. The group then reflected on transatlantic security and the difference between operational and strategic autonomy. Germany should strengthen its own capabilities to share the burden in NATO, so that the alliance does not have to rely on the U.S. for resources. Finally, the group recommended focusing on the China challenge, noting the importance of bridging the technology gaps in both Germany and the United States. There should be consistency in China policies for both Europe and the United States, and this should incorporate a focus on investment controls.
Their recommendations were originally presented on Instagram.