Foreign Policy Agenda for U.S.-European Relations

von Dr. Karin L. Johnston

U.S. and European Views on Future Challenges and Priorities

Karin L. Johnston is a lecturer at the School of International Service at American University and the University of Maryland. In this paper she compares official sources and expert analyses to present a current assessment of U.S. and European views on what a transformed transatlantic foreign policy agenda would look like.


“The United States and Europe are emerging from one of the most difficult and rancorous periods of the transatlantic relationship. Both sides are eager to leave these tensions behind”, the author writes in her executive summary. “The task of putting transatlantic relations back on track has been complicated by the necessity of responding to global threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its severe economic consequences and the destructive effects of climate change.”
Johnston states: “An important insight gleaned from the comparison is how tightly the topics above intersect and impact one another, a reminder that policy deliberations must take into account the interdependent nature of the issues.”

The views, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this report are solely those of its author and do not reflect the views of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, or its employees.