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The U.S. And Europe: Much Accomplished and Much To Do

January 12, 2012
US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon (AP Photo)

US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon (AP Photo)

Yesterday, January 11th, Assistant Secretary of State Philip H. Gordon, the head of the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, spoke at the Korber Foundation in Berlin.  His presentation was part of a visit to Germany, Lithuania, and Denmark engaging senior government officials on global challenges that the United States and Europe face together.  Assistant Secretary Gordon provided an overview of the Obama Administration’s efforts with Europe over the past three years as well as the President’s vision of the future.  President Obama has made clear that “America has no better partner than Europe.”  We are stronger when reach across the Atlantic and work together—a point illuminated emphatically by Ambassador Michael C. Polt during last year’s address at Tallinn Technical University when he stated, “Our combined influence in world events weighs heavily on other countries and actors.  That is a powerful tool and a major responsibility we share.”

Further in Berlin, Assistant Secretary Gordon addressed the efforts of NATO in the troubled regions of the world, noting that despite criticism and daunting challenges the Alliance has maintained its “in together, out together” commitment.  This is nowhere more on display than it is here in Estonia.  The Assistant Secretary’s statements that many European tasks remain for the United States and our democratic European allies resonated well and underscored Ambassador Polt’s past emphasis that Europe is in no way “solved.”