4th Transatlantic Think Tank Conference
In recent years the US and the EU have encountered similar political and economic issues that have affected various aspects of domestic and foreign policy. Through increased communication, EU and US leaders can provide a comprehensive, unified approach that focuses on democratic ideals and values, that is the key message of the Transatlantic Think Tank Conference. Atlanticism has fallen out of fashion, its disappearance a corollary to popular theories on the inevitable decline of the West. It has also come under direct attack from the left – mainly in Europe – and the right – mainly in the US – of the political spectrum. However, we believe that the common values which underpin this fundamental relationship between both sides of the Atlantic, democracy, individual freedom and the rule of law, are no less relevant and universal than they were after World War II. While we must not turn our back on the inevitable changes caused by the rise of the Rest, abandoning the principles which have taken the West to unprecedented levels of prosperity is certainly not the answer. Now more than ever, we must argue in favour of our beliefs and their place in a changing world.