Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Date: 7:00pm EDT March 27, 2017

The Transatlantic Relationship in the Trump Era

We had come to believe that Europe had been transformed into an unprecedented zone of peace and prosperity--always backed up by the American security guarantee, a deeper Transatlantic relationship, and shared Western values. President Donald Trump has called into question almost every tenet of U.S.-European relations. Is it just rhetoric or will Trump push through fundamental policy changes? What will the consequences be for countries on both sides of the Atlantic? How unique is the current state of friction within the western alliance? These are the questions that will addressed by Dr. Eric Langenbacher.

Eric Langenbacher is an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Honors and Special Programs in the Department of Government, Georgetown University. Langenbacher studied in Canada before completing his PhD in Georgetown’s Government Department in 2002. He was selected Faculty Member of the Year by the School of Foreign Service in 2009 and was awarded a Fulbright grant in 1999-2000 and the Hopper Memorial Fellowship at Georgetown in 2000-2001.

His publications include Power and the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations (co-edited with Yossi Shain, 2010), From the Bonn to the Berlin Republic: Germany at the Twentieth Anniversary of Unification (co-edited with Jeffrey J. Anderson, 2010), Dynamics of Memory and Identity in Contemporary Europe (co-edited with Ruth Wittlinger and Bill Niven, 2013), The German Polity, 10th edition (co-authored with David Conradt, 2013), and The Merkel Republic: The 2013 Bundestag Election and its Consequences (forthcoming 2015).

Langenbacher has planned and run dozens of short programs for groups from abroad, as well as for the U.S. Departments of State and Defense on a variety of topics pertaining to American and comparative politics, business, culture, and public policy. He is also Managing Editor of German Politics and Society, which is housed in Georgetown’s BMW Center for German and European Studies.