Steve Clemons is Editor at Large of The Hill, America's most read political media platform. Previously, Clemons served as Editor at Large of The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, the premium division of The Atlantic's 3D journalism. Clemons is also a foreign policy and politics contributor to MSNBC and is proprietor of a popular political blog, The Washington Note. He also founded and serves as Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation where he previously served as Executive Vice President. Prior to this, Clemons served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, was Senior Economic & International Affairs Advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman, and was the founding Executive Director of the Nixon Center, now re-named the Center for National Interest.
Clemons serves on the advisory boards of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College and of the Eastern European national security think tank, GLOBSEC. Clemons writes and speaks frequently on consequential national security, politics, and economic policy issues.
The pandemic changed the world in unimaginable ways, accelerating pre-existing challenges, intensifying shifts in power, heightening tensions and showcasing the limits of globalization. The European Union is finding itself at the centre of a global arena that is unstable, at the base of a multilateral order that is in crisis, and tightly woven within the global economy on life support. Caught in the crossfire of US-China rivalry, the EU’s silver lining seems to be the pursuit of ‘European strategic autonomy’, which seeks to promote a more resourceful, independent EU at a time of growing geopolitical competition, follow its strategic interests and rethink its dependencies. How does the EU resolve the lack of common vision demonstrated at home and abroad, and reconcile varying levels of ambition of its Members present within an ever-larger and diverse EU? Could the recent breakthroughs in EU architecture – including the EU shared debt facility as a part of the pandemic response – help preserve the EU’s internal unity and strengthen its sovereignty in the global arena? How can the EU turn the challenging post-pandemic terrain into an opportunity to get its house in order, and re-emerge as a major global player?