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Under the previous administration, the Nordic countries had a visibly strong relationship with the United States. This close partnership was perhaps best exemplified by the joint state visit that the Nordic prime ministers made to Washington, DC in May 2016. However, with a new administration, the nature of future U.S.-Nordic cooperation could change. Will it? What are the key issues that will dominate the relationship in a changing global landscape with a more assertive Russia? What challenges will the U.S. and the Nordic countries face together for the next few years? How can the Nordics reinforce and reinvent the transatlantic relationship? How will this impact the Nordic-Baltic region and Europe-U.S. relations?

In order to rethink the future of the U.S.-Nordic relations, CTR has invited a distinguished group of speakers who will discuss how the Nordic countries can reassert their role as key U.S. partners, and on what issues they might collaborate with the new American administration. Short introductions by the speakers will be followed by a Q&A.


Katarina Tracz, Director of Stockholm Free World Forum, Marshall Memorial Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), expert on the EU’s institutions and its common foreign and security policy

Erlingur Erlingsson, Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Former Deputy Chief of Mission at the Icelandic Embassy to the United States

Moderator/host: Ambassador András Simonyi, Managing Director at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS Johns Hopkins University