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145th Bergedorf Round Table

"The Limits of Power: Europe and America in a New World Order"

Washington, D.C., March 9-11, 2010

Europe and America have dominated world politics for centuries. However, the global centres of gravity are now in the process of shifting, and the rise of new powers such as China or India calls into question the predominant position of the “traditional” West. Europe and America are coming up against the limits of what they can do, not only in their policy on Iran and Afghanistan, but also in conflicts and crises such as Sudan, Somalia or Yemen.

This has consequences for the self-image and identity of “the West” in international politics and for the effectiveness of transatlantic cooperation when it comes to resolving global problems. How much can America and Europe still achieve together? How and with which partners can they attain their foreign and security policy goals? Who are the competitors? And how can they manage to deal with global threats such as nuclear proliferation and the issue of failed states?

At the 145th Bergedorf Round Table politicians, government representatives and experts from the US and Europe have been discussing the West’s ability to act on an international scale and making suggestions on how to achieve effective cooperation.

The edited results of the confidential deliberations had been documented in the 145th Bergedorf Protocol, which is published by edition Körber-Stiftung.

The 145th Bergedorf Round Table continues Körber Foundation’s long tradition of discussing the challenges of Euro-Atlantic foreign and security policy. See the 143rd Bergedorf Round Table, “Is a Common European Foreign Policy Possible?” (Berlin, 2009), and the 140th Bergedorf Round Table, “The Future of NATO” (Berlin, 2008).

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