On January 16, the NCAFP hosted former Washington Post editor William Drozdiak for a discussion of the current crises facing Europe and their impact on the transatlantic relationship. Drawing from his recently-released book, the conversation spanned a multitude of obstacles in Europe. Namely that challenges created by refugees continue to mount, financial instability persists, the potential for the first national exit from the European Union is now very real, and a rising tide of populism and autocracy is sweeping across the continent. Questions about the future of Europe have not been so pronounced in decades.
Directing the conversation was Warren Hoge, Senior Adviser for External Relations at the International Peace Institute. He helped to draw many personal anecdotes out of Mr. Drozdiak as he detailed the observations he made while traveling to research his book. He spoke extensively about the future of France and Germany in the European Union and offered thoughts on Brexit, rising nationalist sentiment, and separatist movements gaining ground across the continent.
Questions from the audience included pointed inquiries about the pervasiveness of the sovereign debt crisis, Russia's role in U.S.-Europe relations and the potential impact of Brexit. This made for a lively reception, where Mr. Drozdiak signed copies of his book and answered many more questions for NCAFP members and guests.