Afghanistan’s Impact on Transatlantic Relations

March 9, 2010

Please join AGI for a breakfast roundtable with Dr. Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin, and Arne Schröer, Universität Passau, on “The International Mission in Afghanistan and its Impact on Transatlantic Relations.” The roundtable discussion will take place on Friday, September 3, 2010, at 8:00am; a light breakfast will be served.

Since the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, focus has been renewed on the international mission in Afghanistan. Dr. Risse and Mr. Schröer will examine Afghanistan’s impact on transatlantic relations as well as the German government’s response to the Afghanistan mission and its domestic ramifications in this roundtable discussion. Additionally, they will talk about the fundamental mismatch of the necessities on the ground in Afghanistan, on the one hand, and the domestic expectations on either side of the Atlantic, on the other, and the emerging legitimacy crisis of humanitarian interventions and the like as exemplified by the Afghanistan case.

Thomas Risse is Professor of International Politics at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin. He co-directs the Collaborative Research Center “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Research College “The Transformative Power of Europe,” both funded by the German Research Foundation. He has taught at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, at the University of Konstanz, as well as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Cornell Universities, and the University of Wyoming. His most recent publications include A Community of Europeans? Transnational Identities and Public Spheres (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2010), (ed.) Governance without a State? Policies and Politics in Areas of Limited Statehood (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011), and The End of the West. Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2008, co-edited with Jeffrey Anderson and G. John Ikenberry).

Arne Schröer is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and graduate assistant lecturer in the Department of Governance and Political Science at Passau University. Previously, he worked for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Hamburg and the German Engineer’s Association (VDI) in Brussels. Mr. Schröer received his BA in Political Science and a Diploma in International Business and Anglo-American Cultural Studies from Passau University. In 2003 he spent three months as a visiting fellow in residence at AGI. Mr. Schröer’s research interests include Energy Policy, European Integration, Security Policy, Transatlantic Relations, the United Nations, and International Institutions. He is co-author of the forthcoming book “Governance: Integration and Regulation in Modern Democracies” and is currently working on his dissertation entitled “European Energy Policy and the Limits of Integration.”