“a strong Europe remains a necessity for the United States, because Europe’s security and prosperity is inherently indivisible from our own. Our economies are integrated. Our cultures are integrated. Our peoples are integrated.” – President Barack Obama, April 25, 2016.
“It’s in our interests that Europe be a continued, viable, strong partner. It’s in our interests for commercial reasons; we trade a lot. It’s in our interests because the values that caused the European Union to exist in the first place — the values of human rights and human dignity and freedom — are the same values we share. And we have an opportunity to work together to spread those values.” – President George W. Bush, February 22, 2005.
“We continue to see a strong and unified Europe, not as a rival, but as an ever stronger partner. For a stronger Europe is a stronger West.” – President Ronald Reagan, May 8, 1985.
The Center for European and Transatlantic Studies (CETS), a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, serves as a locus for the Georgia Tech campus and the metro Atlanta community for research, teaching, and public events and programs related to the study of Europe, the European Union and the EU-U.S. relationship. Specifically, CETS aims to:
- Promote and disseminate policy-relevant research that pertains to Europe and the transatlantic relationship;
- Strengthen and expand the Nunn School curriculum and course offerings on Europe and transatlantic relations and lead an annual study-abroad program in Europe;
- Provide a focal point for the local European diplomatic corps and transatlantic business community; and
- Enhance public awareness and understanding of the EU-U.S. relationship through organizing public events and speaking to local groups and to policy makers.