Erik Brattberg

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Erik Brattberg was director of the Europe Program and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He is an expert on European politics and security and transatlantic relations.
 

Education

MSFS, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
MA, Uppsala University
BA, Uppsala University

Languages

English; German; Spanish; Swedish

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Erik Brattberg is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Erik Brattberg was director of the Europe Program and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He is an expert on European politics and security and transatlantic relations. His current research at Carnegie focuses on the U.S. policy toward the EU and NATO, transatlantic cooperation in an age of great power competition, the EU’s approach toward technology, and Europe’s relations with China and Asia.

He joined Carnegie from the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University where he was the director for special projects and a senior fellow and helped launch the Kissinger Fellowship. Brattberg was previously the Ron Asmus Policy Entrepreneur Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center, adjunct senior fellow at Center for a New American Security, visiting Fulbright fellow at Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, visiting fellow at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, consulting researcher at SIPRI and European Council on Foreign Relations, and a research associate at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He also has work experience from the Folke Bernadotte Academy and Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York. He has consulted for Oxford Analytica and Spitzberg Partners and is a member of the steering committee of the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group.

His numerous articles and commentary have appeared in the Washington Post, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, Internationale Politik Quarterly, Politico, the Atlantic, the National Interest, the American Interest, South China Morning Post, and War on the Rocks. He is a frequent expert commentator to major news outlets, including ABC News, Al Jazeera, BBC News, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, Deutsche Welle, France 24, NBC News, and NPR. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and by institutions such as Johns Hopkins University SAIS, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the German Council on Foreign Relations, and the European Policy Centre. He frequently lectures at universities and think tanks and has testified before the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

He holds a master of science in foreign service (MSFS) from Georgetown University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science from Uppsala University.

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    Paper October 13, 2021 Magyar Ελληνικά
    China’s Influence in Southeastern, Central, and Eastern Europe: Vulnerabilities and Resilience in Four Countries

    China’s presence has brought socioeconomic opportunities to Georgia, Greece, Hungary, and Romania. Yet it has exacerbated governance shortfalls, undermined elements of political and economic stability, and complicated the European Union’s ability to reach consensus on key issues.

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  • Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in China, September 2019
    Article September 30, 2021 Русский
    Merkel’s Mixed Legacy on China

    Merkel’s approach to China is multifaceted, driven by a geoeconomic outlook and a belief in multilateral engagement. Yet she’s out of step with growing skepticism in the United States and the EU.

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  • French President Macron listens to US President Biden (on screen) during a virtual summit
    Article May 6, 2021
    Transatlantic Relations After Biden’s First 100 Days

    The new U.S. administration has brought a welcome change in tone to transatlantic relations. But little progress has yet been made on thorny issues, including trade, technology, climate, and China.

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  • Washington Quarterly March 23, 2021
    Middle Power Diplomacy in an Age of U.S.-China Tensions

    A loose collection of like-minded, mid-sized players who also are traditional U.S. democratic allies have reinforced partnerships with one another and increasingly taken it upon themselves to press forward with multilateral solutions to various regional and global challenges in the absence of leadership from Washington.

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  • Op-Ed German Marshall Fund February 3, 2021
    Which European Partners for Biden in Reinvigorating the Transatlantic Alliance?

    On the strategic challenges facing the transatlantic alliance—Russia’s revanchism, China’s global rise, instability in the Middle East—it is not clear that Biden will have a natural go-to partner that can authoritatively speak for Europe.

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  • EU flags outside of parliamanet
    Paper December 23, 2020
    Reinventing Transatlantic Relations on Climate, Democracy, and Technology

    To get the transatlantic relationship back and on track and to ensure that it will remain relevant in the future, the United States and the European Union should prioritize putting forward concrete ideas and taking actionable steps on climate and energy, democracy and human rights, and digital technology issues.

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  • Op-Ed Internationale Politik Quarterly December 1, 2020
    The Art of the New Transatlantic Deal

    The question facing European leaders is accordingly not whether transatlantic relations will improve under Biden—they most certainly will, though some difficulties will also remain—but rather how to reinvent Atlanticism for a new era.

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  • Biden Could Help Heal Europe’s Brexit Wounds
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy November 23, 2020
    Biden Could Help Heal Europe’s Brexit Wounds

    The conventional wisdom is that the special relationship between Washington and London will suffer a blow under President-elect Joe Biden. But that needn’t happen.

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  • What Are Europe’s Expectations if Biden Wins?
    Op-Ed Encompass October 20, 2020
    What Are Europe’s Expectations if Biden Wins?

    The real question facing European leaders is therefore not how to restore transatlantic relations to its pre-Trump days, but rather how to craft a new vision for the future—one where Washington may not always be in the driver’s seat and Europe is capable of taking on more responsibility.

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  • Washington Should Push for a Stronger E.U. Foreign Policy
    Op-Ed War on the Rocks October 15, 2020
    Washington Should Push for a Stronger E.U. Foreign Policy

    The United States needs Europe to act as a genuine partner that can step up and out onto the world stage, on its own when necessary. For that to happen, Washington should change its traditional approach to the transatlantic alliance.

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  • BBC Newsday June 11, 2021
    G7: What Are Biden’s Goals at Summit?

    A discussion of President Biden’s goals and position in advance of the G7 Summit.

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  • War on the Rocks September 18, 2020
    State of the European Union

    Ursula von der Leyen gave the E.U. state of the union address this week. It was von der Leyen’s first as president of the European Commission.

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  • The Newsmakers July 16, 2020
    Can German Chancellor Merkel Save the EU?

    Germany, the European Union's most powerful and largest member state, will take over the bloc's six-month presidency. But with a pandemic, an economic recession, and 27 member states to contend with, can German Chancellor Angela Merkel turn around the fortunes of a fractured union

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  • Voice of America September 27, 2019
    Whither Brexit?

    Is there a way forward for Brexit in the wake of the British Supreme Court decision declaring that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful?

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  • The Cable Podcast May 16, 2019
    Europe Goes to the Polls

    European elections come at a pivotal time, with right-wing parties seeking to build on their national successes in a number of countries, part of the populist wave sweeping the continent.

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  • 1a January 16, 2019
    Brexit Deal Rejected: Now What?

    The U.K. Parliament has rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal to leave the European Union.

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  • On NATO and Iran
    France 24 English October 2, 2018
    On NATO and Iran

    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis travels to Europe in an effort to reassure allies of U.S. commitment to NATO and its willingness to engage with Europe on security and defense issues.

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  • How Sweden is Fighting Against Potential Election Interference
    NPR’s All Things Considered September 3, 2018
    How Sweden is Fighting Against Potential Election Interference

    Government agencies in Sweden have partnered with the private sector, social media companies, and the press in an effort to warn its voters about misinformation as they head to the polls for next week’s election.

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  • Sweden Prepares for Russian Election Hacking
    ABC Radio National June 20, 2018
    Sweden Prepares for Russian Election Hacking

    Governments around the world are closely watching the upcoming Swedish election for evidence of Russian hacking, and tips on how to stop it.

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  • EU-Western Balkans Summit Bodes Commitment to Iran Nuclear Deal
    France 24 English May 17, 2018
    EU-Western Balkans Summit Shows Commitment to Iran Nuclear Deal

    The EU is looking at ways to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

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  • The Future of France-U.S. Defense and Security Cooperation
    December 15, 2021 Live Online
    The Future of France-U.S. Defense and Security Cooperation

    In the wake of the diplomatic rift between Paris and Washington over the AUKUS announcement, the United States and France pledged to deepen defense and security cooperation—the Biden administration to step up support of counterterrorism efforts led by France in the Sahel and to recognize a stronger and more capable European defense.

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  • Great Power Challenges to the Transatlantic Alliance: Reinventing Leadership for a Stable Future
    April 16, 2021 Live online
    Great Power Challenges to the Transatlantic Alliance: Reinventing Leadership for a Stable Future

    Join us for a conversation featuring Vicki Birchfield, Erik Brattberg, Philip Breedlove, and Suzanne DiMaggio in conversation with Suzanne Kelly, with special remarks by Sam Nunn on on the path forward for the transatlantic alliance.

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  • Toward a New Transatlantic Deal?
    December 8, 2020 Live Online
    Toward a New Transatlantic Deal?

    Join Carnegie for a timely conversation between Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya and former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns, moderated by Steven Erlanger of the New York Times.

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  • A Brave New World for EU Defense? Challenges, Strategic Trends, and New Technologies
    November 17, 2020 Live Online
    A Brave New World for EU Defense? Challenges, Strategic Trends, and New Technologies

    In Carnegie Europe’s third Academy on European Defense, an all-female lineup of speakers will lead a series of focused discussion on pressing challenges and emerging trends related to the EU’s security and defense policy.

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  • The Second Transatlantic Pillar: Strengthening EU-U.S. Ties
    October 16, 2020 Live Online
    The Second Transatlantic Pillar: Strengthening U.S.-EU Ties

    The partnership between the United States and the EU is increasingly essential to managing the most pressing 21st century challenges. Whether on issues of trade, sanctions, climate, China, or technology, Brussels is Washington’s partner of choice. Yet the U.S.-EU relationship remains imperfect and needs strategic renovation.

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    June 23, 2020 Live Online
    Europe and the U.S.-China Rivalry

    The distance between Beijing and Washington has been growing steadily in recent years. Yet it was the coronavirus pandemic that revealed just how bad relations between the two powers had become.

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  • Cyberspace in the Times of Corona: Conversation with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid
    May 26, 2020 Live Online
    Cyberspace in Times of Corona: A Conversation with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid

    Join us for a timely conversation on the implications of the global pandemic response on cybersecurity, privacy, and democracy with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger.

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  • COVID-19: The EU and U.S. Response
    April 30, 2020 Live Online
    COVID-19: The EU and U.S. Responses

    Join Carnegie for a live-streamed conversation about the transatlantic economic responses to the pandemic with Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, and Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

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  • European and Transatlantic Security in the 2020s
    January 30, 2020 Washington, DC
    European and Transatlantic Security in the 2020s

    How can the EU and NATO work together to address and manage security issues in Europe's neighborhood?

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  • Challenges and Priorities For the EU’s New Leadership
    October 7, 2019 Washington, DC
    Challenges and Priorities For the EU’s New Leadership

    The arrival of a new European Commission this autumn coincides with a daunting list of internal and external challenges for the European Union.

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