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Promoting the Vital Transatlantic Bond between Europe and the United States. 

AJC has long taken an active role in promoting the vital transatlantic bond between Europe and the United States. One might even say that the transatlantic partnership is part and parcel of AJC’s DNA.

Even before the breakup of the Soviet Union, AJC was the first American Jewish organization to call for the recognition of the independence of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. In addition, as a staunch supporter also of the Western military alliance, AJC was an early advocate for NATO enlargement and testified in 1997 before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of the admission of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

The AJC Transatlantic Institute is today a crucial vehicle for fostering dialogue between partners on both sides of the Atlantic on the critical issues of mutual concern.

 

The Transatlantic-Dialogue-Luncheon Event Series

As part of its work to strengthen the U.S.-European relationship, the AJC Transatlantic Institute has been co-organizing for over a decade with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation its triannual Transatlantic Dialogue Luncheon. The series addresses topical transatlantic issues, ranging from trade policy to counter-terrorism efforts.

⇨ Learn more about the Transatlantic Dialogue Luncheon series

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The Future of NATO: Transatlantic Security Alliance or European Strategic Autonomy?

In partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the AJC Transatlantic Institute hosted the Ukrainian and Italian envoys to NATO, as well as former Minister of Foreign Affairs Estonian MEP Urmas Paet to address the transatlantic alliance's most pressing challenges. AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal delivered opening remarks.
October 13, 2021

AJC's Transatlantic Friends of Israel Opens Austrian Chapter

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June 09, 2020

A Conversation with Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement

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07/06/2022

With Open Hearts - Relief efforts of Central and Eastern Europe to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian war against Ukraine (VoxBox Discussion)

On Wednesday 18 May 2022, MEP Anna Fotyga, ECR Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, hosted the conference “With open hearts. Relief efforts of Central and Eastern Europe to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian war against Ukraine” in the European Parliament.

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AJC TAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal's Remarks on the Russian War Against Ukraine

On May 18th, TAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal joined the conference “With Open Hearts: Relief Efforts of Central and Eastern Europe to the Humanitarian Crisis Caused by the Russian War against Ukraine” hosted by Polish MEP Anna Fotyga. Schwammenthal shared AJC's efforts to help Ukraine during this time of need and underlined that Ukraine isn't fighting only for its own freedom but for the entire Western liberal order. To this day, AJC has raised more than $2.4 million to assist Ukrainian refugees and to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. 

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With Open Hearts - Relief efforts of Central and Eastern Europe to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian war against Ukraine

On Wednesday 18 May 2022, MEP Anna Fotyga, ECR Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, hosted the conference “With open hearts. Relief efforts of Central and Eastern Europe to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian war against Ukraine” in the European Parliament.

The Russian war...

03/03/2022

Russia’s War on Ukraine: Responsibility and Responses of the Transatlantic Community

Following months of military buildup on its border with Ukraine, on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a sweeping invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbor threatening to crush the sovereignty of a nation and destroy the post-Soviet European order. What led us to this moment? How will the European Union, the United States, and the greater global community respond? AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, Polish Foreign Minister (2007-2014) and Member of European Parliament Radosław Sikorski, POLITICO Chief Europe Correspondent Matt Karnitschnig, and Atlantic Council Eurasia Center nonresident fellow Vladislav Davidzon shared their insights.

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AJC CEO Tells Leading Greek Media: Trajectory in Greek-U.S. Ties “Steadily Upward”

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Germany’s True Friends

Following a recent survey showing 36% Germans believe the U.S. represent a greater threat to democracy than Russia or China, AJC Berlin Director Remko Leemhuis and Associate Director Eric Adamson plea in Internationale Politik for a closer transatlantic partnership based both on shared common values and sheer self interest.

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Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) Discuss NATO-Israel Ties

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Transatlantic Dialogues (Part 2): MEP Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou and Rep. Brian Mast

Part two of the Transatlantic Dialogues series bringing together legislators from both sides of the Atlantic featured Greek MEP Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou and Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL). Moderated by AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal, the lawmakers covered a wide range of issues, from international trade and Iranian belligerency to relations with China and opportunities and challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Can the transatlantic partners find some much-needed common ground? Find out in this webinar!

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Transatlantic Dialogues (Part 1): Rep. Ted Deutch and MEP Lukas Mandl

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