In mid-August, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Czechia, Slovenia, Austria and Poland. In Warsaw, he signed a new defence agreement with Poland that will see American troops redeployed there from Germany. He also seems to have brought Central European governments on board in the US’ diplomatic offensive against Chinese influence, specifically tech giant Huawei’s involvement in 5G networks.
It has been a challenging year so far for the US: the Covid-19 pandemic led the economy to fall by 9.5 per cent in the second quarter, following a 1.3 per cent drop in the first; and cities has been rocked by nationwide protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. In November, the country votes in a presidential election.
Andrew Wrobel speaks with Tyson Barker, Deputy Executive Director and Fellow at Aspen Institute Germany, about US relations with emerging Europe and possible post-election scenarios. Their chat comes ahead of the Emerging Europe and the United States: Towards 2030 conference scheduled to take place on August 27. For more information about the event, go to emerging-europe.com/towards-2030/.
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