Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute




Transatlantic Relations after the War in Ukraine


The second of four events at the 1st Athens Security Forum organized by the Institute of International Relations (IDIS). The Forum will focus on the new geopolitical realities and security threats that NATO’s new strategic concept must address.

The Russian invasion in Ukraine has presented European security and defense with new challenges. The transatlantic relationship, which came under great strain during the Trump administration, seems today stronger than ever. Will this stronger bond endure? Could we envisage an EU pillar inside NATO as a consequence of the recent crisis? What does all that mean for Europe’s quest for strategic autonomy?

13:00 EDT (New York) / 19:00 EET (Greece)



Ian Lesser, Vice President, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Ana Gomes, former Member of the European Parliament, Portuguese Socialist Party

Constantinos Arvanitopoulos, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University, and Constantine G. Karamanlis Chair, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; former Minister of Education.
Michail Kostarakos, General (ret.), former Chief, Hellenic National Defence General Staff; former Chairman, European Union Military Committee.
Alexandros Papaioannou, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic.

Moderator: Marilena Koppa, Assoc. Professor of Comparative Politics, Panteion University; Deputy Director, IDIS; former Member of the European Parliament.