The Atlantic Expedition is a German-US American fellowship program initiated by the non-profit organization Atlantische Initiative e.V. The fellowship aims to empower a younger and more diverse generation of leaders in transatlantic relations. Throughout the program, participants from both sides of the Atlantic discuss and implement innovative ideas on how to modernize transatlantic relations.

US and German citizens between the age of 20 and 35 with a committed interest in US-European relations were invited to apply to this program.

The fellowship is primarily aimed at empowering groups not traditionally included in transatlantic debate and consists of two Expeditions and an Atlantic Basecamp with 30 participants each.

The first part of the program took place in Germany in the spring of 2017. Participants joined an online discussion, a memo workshop and a joint trip to Hamburg, Dresden and Berlin to exchange ideas, network, develop policy recommendations and discuss those with transatlantic stakeholders in all three cities. Fellows published their recommendations in the first Atlantic Memo "Transatlantic Relations in a New Era: The Next Generation Approach".

Fellows of the second Atlantic Expedition joined forces in August 2017 to develop new strategies for communicating transatlantic relations to a diverse audience and consequently making the transatlantic relationship a more inclusive endeavor. From 9–14 October, they joined a trip to Chicago and Houston during which they had the opportunity to discuss their ideas and proposals with a variety of stakeholders from politics, business, academia, media, law enforcement and civil society. Participants published their recommendations in the second Atlantic Memo “Atlantic Expedition II: Towards a More Inclusive Transatlantic Partnership”.

Results from both Expeditions were compiled in an Atlantic Action Plan and were be presented during an Atlantic Basecamp from 8–13 April 2018 in Berlin. Fifteen representatives of each Expedition came together in Berlin to network, connect with today’s transatlantic leaders, present and discuss recommendations of both groups, explore Berlin and take in the many cultural landmarks and events the city has to offer.

The Atlantic Basecamp included internal working sessions, meetings with transatlantic stakeholders, a panel discussion on the future of transatlantic relations, as well as a Next Generation event with interactive formats, discussions and networking possibilities.

The program Atlantic Expedition ended with the Atlantic Basecamp in April 2018. Feel free to get in touch with any input you might have!


About Us

The Atlantische Initiative e.V. is a non-partisan, non-profit, and independent organization founded in Berlin in 2004. We aim to foster open and inclusive transatlantic dialogue and encourage constructive foreign policy debates. We believe that a strong partnership between America and Europe is crucial in order to jointly tackle the problems of the 21st century. Our key goal is therefore to broaden understanding and discussion of the issues affecting transatlantic relations through a variety of projects, both online and offline, including this fellowship.

For more information on the Atlantische Initiative and the Atlantic Community, the open think tank of Atlantische Initiative, please click here.


Our Supporters

The Atlantic Expedition was supported by the Transatlantic Program of the German Federal Government, with funding from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and additional support from the Haniel Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Friede Springer Foundation, and Microsoft.




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