The Franco-American Relationship and the Way Forward

October 23, 2018

In the News

The recent publication of the Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation titled “Balancing act: The limits of pragmatism in the Franco-American relationship and the way forward” discusses the present and future state of the transatlantic alliance after the elections of American President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. France and United States are historical allies. But on both sides, an ambitious and visionary foreign policy can be challenging to pursue along with an internal policy aimed at solving short term issues.

The author recalls that over the last decade, France and the United States have enjoyed an excellent defense and security relationship, forged in their common counterterrorism efforts. The report focusses on an analysis of the most recent year, showing how France is trying to maintain a close relationship with the United States while focusing on European issues. The author documents what she called the French “pragmatism” approach to the Franco-American relationship, whereas many of its European neighbors adopted a more conflictual one.

The Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative (BBTI) is a comprehensive project of applied research aimed to create synergies that reinvigorate transatlantic collaboration on global issues.

At this juncture in transatlantic affairs, the French-American Foundation believes that the role of consistent dialogue between both countries on topics of mutual concern is exceptionally important. Our mission of fostering these discussions with individuals on both sides of the Atlantic advances an understanding of each other’s perspective to create practical yet innovate solutions. Each of our initiatives assembles leaders to advance the Franco-American relationship. We invite anyone interested in learning more about the transatlantic relationship and the role that the French-American Foundation plays in this conversation to read more about the following programs.

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