AGI-KAS 2024 Transatlantic Trade Week

(Roundtable) Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 10:30 - 12:00 pm EDT // 16:30 - 18:00 CEST; (Online Session) Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10:00 - 11:30 am EDT // 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

June 18 – Session One

Navigating Economic Security: Between Geopolitics and Open Markets

This roundtable discussion focused on the degree to which the United States, Germany, and the European Union can and should pursue common trade, technology, and climate policies that respond to the imperatives of a more contentious global economy, one where free trade is no longer the dominant paradigm, and geopolitical considerations will increasingly determine transatlantic economic engagement.


Michael Hager, Head of Cabinet to Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Executive Vice President and Trade Commissioner

Erik Brattberg, Associate Partner, Albright Stonebridge Group

Federico Steinberg, Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jennifer Thornton, Vice President for Trade and International, Business Roundtable


Peter Rashish, Vice President & Director, Geoeconomics Program, AGI

June 20 – Session Two

Widening the Circle: Building New Transatlantic Economic Partnerships

The United States, Germany, and the European Union will increasingly need to draw upon their international trade and economic policies—both individually and together—to engage countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on common interests. While the idea of the “Global South” is gaining currency, the transatlantic economies share several overlapping conceptions about prosperity, security, and values with a number of these countries. The imperative to derisk supply chains—whether for geopolitical, climate, or broader resilience reasons—and to renew the global economic architecture mean that U.S. and EU relations with countries like Brazil, Indonesia, and India among others will grow in importance. This webinar explored the roles that trade agreements like EU-Mercosur, new approaches like the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework or the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, critical minerals partnerships, as well as cooperation in the WTO can play to promote transatlantic geoeconomic objectives.


Heather Hurlburt, Associate Fellow at Chatham House and former USTR Chief of Staff
Michael Kilpper, Deputy Head of Division, USA, Canada, Mexico, German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Dan Mullaney, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East
Luisa Santos, Deputy Director-General of BusinessEurope
Claudia Schmucker, Head of the Center for Geopolitics, Geoeconomics, and Technology, German Council on Foreign Relations


Peter Rashish, Vice President & Director, Geoeconomics Program, AGI


This event was made possible by support from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.