European Strategic Dialogue

The Institute for Strategic and Defense Studies started hosting two expert events annually in cooperation with European partner institutions on security and defense policy issues of mutual interest since 2019. At these events policy analysts, independent experts, government officials and diplomats participate and exchange their ideas and experience on the current challenges and future tasks of maintaining, broadening and intensifying a European strategic dialogue on security and defense. The series includes the following events:

Renewing Transatlantic relations for the 2020s

April 28, 2021

The discussion focuses on the Biden administration’s security policy agenda for Europe and touches upon various topics, including the challenges for the U.S. from Russia, the post-Soviet region and the MENA. The workshop aims to highlight how the U.S. force posture in Europe for the 2020s can affect European military capabilities and strategic autonomy. The expert discussion points out the implications of Washington's security policy agenda for the broader European neighborhood as well as the CEE region. 

Program of the workshop 


Strengthening NATO’s European Pillar

December 6, 2019

Transatlantic and European expert discussions touch upon the centrality of strengthening NATO’s European pillar: both regarding more funding and capabilities provided as well as strengthening readiness and the capability to act on European ground and in the European neighborhood. The workshop aims at discussing some Central European perspectives on what needs to be done, what is the real potential in European capability development initiatives and whether could, should we do without the U.S. in the future, solely relying on the European pillar of NATO?

Program of the workshop


The “Post-American Europe” in Sight?

December 5, 2019


The roundtable discussion offers an opportunity for participants to discuss the drivers of U.S. foreign policy and engagement in Europe for the mid- to long-term. First, the kick-off remarks frame the elements of the current U.S. foreign policy, asking the question whether the Trump presidency had been an episodic phenomenon or part of a strategic shift in focus, ways and means of U.S. foreign policy. Then the discussion aims at identifying those patterns that influence the military presence of the United States in (Central) Europe, provocatively choosing the vision of “a post-American Europe” by 2040 as the point of departure for participants.