The second of the fellowship’s three trips will see 30 fellows — 10 Germans living in Germany, 10 Germans living in the US, and 10 Americans living in the US — travel to Chicago, IL and Houston, TX, for six days in October 2017. From arrival in Chicago until the end of the trip in Houston, accommodation, meals and travel costs will be covered by the fellowship. The trip will offer the fellows the opportunity for fellows to present and receive feedback on their collaboratively authored strategy & communication memos, during meetings and networking sessions with a variety of transatlantic stakeholders involved in politics, the military, business and wider civil society.

Preparation (June 19 - October 1, 2017)

The aim of Atlantic Expedition is to encourage a new generation of leaders to bring fresh ideas to the transatlantic debate. Preparation for the trip begins some time before arrival in Chicago.

Phase 1
Those who applied for the fellowship will first engage in a three-week online debate, to begin on June 20, 2017. Applicants will have their articles progressively published on our website, and will have the opportunity to comment on others’, offering feedback and allowing authors to elaborate on their opinions. This process of open debate will allow a consensus to emerge among participants, as to themes of particular interest, and common points of view on key issues.

Phase 2
On July 14, 2017, 30 fellows will be selected to take part in the trip. From July 19 until October 1, with the backing and guidance of the Expedition’s organisers, fellows will co-author a memo of strategy & communication recommendations aimed at modernising and realigning transatlantic relations, building upon the ideas and opinion consensus achieved during the debate as a springboard. Compromise and teamwork will be essential if fellows' diverse range of opinions and interests are to be translated into concrete policy proposals.

The second phase is a relatively long one, not due to a particularly heavy time commitment requirement, but so as to accomodate participants' work and vacation schedules. Fellows aren't expected to work continuously throughout this period; other than a few Skype calls, participants will have a high degree of flexibity as to when they work on the collaborative memo.


The Expedition (October 9-14, 2017)

Monday: Fellows will arrive in Chicago, and will be free to discover the city.
Tuesday: In the morning, fellows will meet each other and prepare, as a group, for a later presentation of the memo before experts and stakeholders. The afternoon and evening will provide further time for exploring Chicagotogether, and for participating in cultural events.
Wednesday: A series of encounters and discussions with military, political, business and civil society stakeholders, who will offer their feedback on the policy recommendations set out in the memo, giving constructive advice as well as careful criticism. In the evening, the trip will move on to the second leg, in Houston.
Thursday: Further meetings with stakeholders are scheduled for the morning. The afternoon will see fellows sit down to discuss the input and feedback received over the previous two days, and to make small adjustments to the presentation.
Friday: A simulation game, during which fellows will assume the roles of key stakeholders and political actors, negotiating over policies recommended in the Atlantic memo. In the afternoon, they will present the Atlantic memo during a public conference, attended by the wider public.
Saturday: The trip will be concluded with a joint learning breakfast.

Reflection (October 16-November 24, 2017)

At the expedition's end, participants will be able to write further articles to express thoughts and ideas inspired by their interactions with other fellows and with stakeholders. A second version of the memo, ammended to reflect changed opinions and feedback received during the trip, will then be published.