The U.S.-Europe Relationship

The NATO leaders gather for a group picture upon their arrival for dinner at Soldier Field in Chicago, May 20, 2012. Front row from left are Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, President Barack Obama, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa. Second row from left are Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Siguroardottir, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. Back row from left are Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, Latvian President Andris Berzins, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Romanian President Traian Basescu, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, and Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Philip H. Gordon serves as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

Looking back at the busy and productive year we’ve had, I would say that the United States and Europe have never been more closely aligned, both in overall goals as well as tactics to achieve those goals. From the beginning of the Obama Administration we’ve made a deliberate and conscious effort to strengthen our ties with Europe and to work with our most important allies around the world on global issues. During 2012 the pace of our work continued with a multitude of high-level visits, ministerial meetings, summits, and international conferences. Not only did I travel widely for meetings with my counterparts, but 2012 also marked Secretary Clinton’s 38th visit to Europe. This intense diplomatic engagement is driven by our profound belief that successful alliances require investment and that such investment pays real… more »

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon will travel to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland January 7-11, 2013

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 7, 2013


In The Hague, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with senior Dutch officials to discuss topics of regional and global concern and to underscore support for Dutch security missions around the world.

Assistant Secretary Gordon will travel to London on January 9, where he will meet with senior British government officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues . At the start of the United Kingdom’s G8 presidency, Assistant Secretary Gordon will also meet with senior officials to review our broad cooperation in that forum, as well as in the G20, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the European Union (EU).

On January 10 and 11 in Dublin, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with senior Irish government officials to discuss bilateral and global issues. He will also meet with EU Political Directors as part of regular consultations with the EU to discuss issues on the transatlantic and global agendas.

Travel of Assistant Secretary Philip H. Gordon to France and Belgium

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 10, 2012


Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon will travel to Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium May 10-15, 2012. In Paris, the Assistant Secretary will meet with French officials to discuss President-elect Francois Hollande’s upcoming visit to the United States and preparations for the NATO Summit in Chicago on May 20-21. In Brussels, Assistant Secretary Gordon will meet with NATO and European Union officials to review the Chicago Summit and other issues on the transatlantic agenda, including Afghanistan and the Balkans.

Assistant Secretary Gordon Testifies on the NATO Summit in Chicago

Testimony
Philip H. Gordon
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Washington, DC
May 10, 2012


Chairman Kerry, Ranking Member Lugar and Members of the Committee,

Thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the NATO Summit, which the United States is proud to be hosting in Chicago on May 20-21. I appreciate the Committee’s support for this meeting, as well as its sustained recognition of the significance of this Alliance to transatlantic security. This will be the first NATO Summit on American soil in 13 years and the first ever outside of Washington. In addition to the opportunity to showcase one of our nation’s great cities, our hosting of the Summit is a tangible symbol of the importance of NATO to the United States. It is also an opportunity to underscore to the American people the continued value of the Alliance to the security challenges we face today.

Indeed, NATO is vital to U.S. security. More than ever, the Alliance is the mechanism through which the U.S. confronts diverse and difficult threats to our security together with like-minded states who share our fundamental values of democracy, human rights and rule of law. Our experiences in the Cold War, in the Balkans and now in Afghanistan prove that our core interests are better protected by working together than by seeking to respond to threats alone as individual nations. MORE