“The European Union, of course, was set up to take advantage of the United States.” –President Donald Trump, 27 June 2018.
NATO is “worse than NAFTA” – President Donald Trump, G7 meeting, 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.
Are the US and European Union now rivals, rather than partners?
What is the European Union, and why does it matter to the US?
These are central questions that the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies (CETS), a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, seeks to answer through research, teaching and public events. 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.