Transatlantic 2020: A Tale of Four Futures

A Tale of Four Futures.

November 15, 2011
Daniel Hamilton and Kurt Volker
What deep currents are likely to affect Europe and the United States over the next decade? Will they draw Europeans and Americans together or drive them apart?

This new book, Daniel Hamilton and Kurt Volker (Center for Transatlantic Relations) offer four futures for the transatlantic relationship, each exploring how trends evident today could interact and evolve to shape the world we live in tomorrow. The four tales each provide a lively, yet profoundly different trajectory for Europe, America, and the transatlantic partnership, as well as lessons for contemporary policy choices.

Leading experts discuss and explain issues ranging from demography, energy and economic crises to security, societal resilience and the rise of new powers.

Contributing authors include: James Dobbins, Hanns W. Maull, Giovanni Grevi, Alexander Ochs, Carl Haub, Michael F. Oppenheimer, Bruce W. Jentleson, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Reiner Klingholz, Madeleine Sumption, Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Christof van Agt, Andrew Mack, Theo Veenkamp, Shakuntala Makhijani, and Richard Youngs

Click here to read Transatlantic 2020 - A Tale of Four Futures (354 pages, pdf, 5.96MB)

Click here to read the Introduction

Click here to read about the Four Futures

Please contact Milena Jurca at to order copies of the publication. 

The book is the result of a unique transatlantic foresight project conducted by the Heinrich Böll Foundation together with the Center for Transatlantic Relations and the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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