“The transatlantic alliance is a strong foundation — the strong foundation — on which our collective security and our shared prosperity are built.” – President Joe Biden, 19 February 2021.
“The European Union, of course, was set up to take advantage of the United States.” – President Donald Trump, 27 June 2018.
“A strong Europe remains a necessity for the United States, because Europe’s security and prosperity is inherently indivisible from our own.” – President Barack Obama, April 25, 2016.
“It’s in our interests that Europe be a continued, viable, strong partner.” – 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) promotes and organizes research, teaching and public events on Europe and the transatlantic relationship. Specifically, CETS aims to:
- Promote and disseminate policy-relevant research that pertains to Europe and the transatlantic relationship;
- Strengthen and expand Georgia Tech’s 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.
CETS has hosted three Jean Monnet Centers of Excellence, funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Program:
- Governing Technology Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (2020-2023)
- Center for European and Transatlantic Studies Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (2017-2020)
- The EU in its Region, across the Atlantic and around the World Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (2014-2017)
Prior to that it hosted a Jean Monnet Chair, held by Alasdair Young (2012-2015).