The Transatlantic Academy is a research institution devoted to creating common approaches to the long-term challenges facing Europe and North America. The Academy does this by each year bringing together scholars, policy experts, and authors from both sides of the Atlantic and from different disciplinary perspectives to research and analyze a distinct policy theme of transatlantic interest.
Developments such as the recent attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, the surge of Salafis in Germany, and the rising number of young Muslims from Germany and other European countries fighting for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have reenergized debates on Islam in Germany.
On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, former German ambassador to the United States and Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, gave a talk on “A Fragile Europe: Germany's Response” at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, DC, moderated by Transatlantic Academy Executive Director Stephen F. Szabo.
On February 12, 2015, the Transatlantic Academy held a conference on “Religion and Foreign Policy in the United States and Europe” at the University of Texas in Austin, in cooperation with the University’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Center for European Studies, and Clements Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft.
On Friday, February 6, 2015, the Academy held a luncheon discussion with Seyla Benhabib, the Eugene Meyer professor of political science and philosophy at Yale University and a 2011-12 senior fellow at the Academy. Transatlantic Academy fellow Nora Fisher Onar moderated the talk.
On January 22, 2015, the Transatlantic Academy hosted a discussion on “Christianity and Liberal Democracy.” Jan-Werner Müller, Professor of Politics at Princeton University and former nonresident fellow at the Academy, presented on the topic with Clifford Bob, Senior Fellow at the Academy, and Tom Banchoff, Vice President for Global Engagement at Georgetown University, serving as discussants.
On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Transatlantic Academy (TA) hosted a discussion with Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish journalist and Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the TA; Sir Michael Leigh, senior advisor at GMF and TA senior fellow; and Peter Mandaville, professor and director of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason U
On January 14, 2015 the Transatlantic Academy held an all day workshop entitled, "Islam and Foreign Policy in the New Turkey". In the past decade, Turkey has undergone an economic and political transformation under the leadership of the Justice and Development (AKP) party which went hand-in-hand with a dynamic foreign policy.
On October 29, the Transatlantic Academy held its first public event in Bucharest, Romania, a conference on “Orthodox Christianity and Foreign Policy” in cooperation with the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation of the German Marshall Fund of the United States at the Howard Johnson Grand Plaza Bucharest.