This year marks a number of significant anniversaries to the transatlantic Alliance: 70 years of NATO, 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, 20 years since NATO enlargement, and 15 years since the expansion of the European Union. However, it also marks the beginning of the warming of Russo-Chinese relations and the anniversary of the crackdown at Tiananmen Square. These events are reminders of the challenges the Alliance faces today. Great Power competition is back as the center framework of security challenges for the transatlantic relationship. In this era of heightened strategic competition, President Peter B. Doran opened the 11th CEPA Forum with a simple message: Europe and the United States must be ready for what is to come.
Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček called on Alliance leaders to think more about long-term gains, rather than short term interests, as these advances bind allies together. Minister Petříček reiterated the need for the United States and Europe to work together to fix our problems and preserve the transatlantic bond.