Brussels Forum: A Look Back at 2014
Discussions at the 2014 Brussels Forum followed a theme of “A World in Transition” and took into account two major anniversaries: the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of World War I; and the 25-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A highlight of the weekend was Friday’s plenary session, NATO in Transition, with current Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rassmussen, and former Secretary Generals, Lord George Robertson, and, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. During the plenary session, Secretary General Rassmussen reiterated the importance of strong European and U.S. relations, and the necessity for renewed transatlantic leadership.
Brussels Forum serves the purpose of providing a space to have these conversations regarding the future of the transatlantic relationship. The United States and Europe share many core values and differences are minor compared to those that divide us from many other actors, as the recent conflicts with Russia reveal. As the transatlantic relationship has globalized, so has GMF. Today, we view our mission of strengthening transatlantic relations in a global context. GMF has expanded our work to reflect momentous developments in Asia and the wider Atlantic region.