New Atlantic Initiative

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The New Atlantic Initiative (NAI) was initiated on May 10-12, 1996, at the Congress of Prague, "where over 300 political, intellectual, and business leaders gathered to debate the new agenda for transatlantic relations ... In June 1996, the NAI was established as a public policy research center. It is headquartered at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C."[1]

"The NAI's central objective is to strengthen Atlantic cooperation in the post-cold war world by bringing together Americans and Europeans to work toward common goals, including:[2]

  • The reinvigoration of Atlantic institutions of political cooperation and consultation.
  • The admission of Europe's fledgling democracies into the institutions of Atlantic defense and European economic cooperation, notably NATO and the European Union.
  • The establishment of free trade between an enlarged European Union and the North American Free Trade Area as a complement to strengthening global free trade.
  • The NAI also sponsors conferences, debates, and roundtable discussions in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.


The Atlantic Initiative is an attempt to carry the lobbying methods of AIPAC to Europe. Its related organizations, all with an "Atlantic" in their names, aim to influence policy throughout Europe. There are now Atlantic Initiatives/Foundations in about ten European countries, and most Eastern European countries, the "new Europe", have Atlantic representation. Much of the initial emphasis of these foundations is to foster friendly relations vis-a-vis Israel, to scuttle attempts to impose sanctions, and to crack down on anti-semitism.


Executive Director

International Advisory Board

Henry Kissinger – Chairman Dennis L. Bark Brian Beedham
Christopher Bertram Alain Besançon John Bolton
Robert Bork Zbigniew Brzezinski Richard Burt
Lord Chalfont Robert Conquest Midge Decter
Paula Dobriansky Pete du Pont Paul Fabra
Joachim Fest Edwin Feulner Thomas Foley
Milos Forman Herbert Giersch Newt Gingrich
György Granasztói Miriam Gross Fr. Tomáš Halík
Owen Harries Anthony Hartley Brian Hindley
Robert D. Hormats Karen Elliot House Samuel P. Huntington
Géza Jeszenszky Tomás Jezek Josef Joffe
Donald Kagan Max Kampelman Adrian Karatnycky
Jack Kemp Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Charles Krauthammer
William Kristol Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie Michael Ledeen
Henri Lepage Charles M. Lichenstein Georges Liébert
Nicholas Lobkowicz R. F. M. Lubbers Pierre Manent
Antonio Martino Mitch McConnell Ivan Mikloš
Kenneth Minogue Joshua Muravchik Luc de la Barre de Nanteuil
William E. Odom Daniel Oliver Janusz Onyszkiewicz
Viktor Orbán Richard N. Perle Lucie Pilipová
Daniel Pipes Norman Podhoretz Sir Charles Powell
Colin L. Powell David Pryce-Jones Jean-François Revel
Peter Rodman Donald H. Rumsfeld Giuseppe Sacco
Antxón Sarasqueta Karel Schwartzenberg Roger Scruton
William C. Steere, Jr. Irwin Stelzer Hanna Suchocka
Claudio Veliz Lord Weidenfeld W. Bruce Weinrod
Alan Lee Williams Robert Bruce Zoellick




For further information, see relevant Neocon Europe page New Atlantic Initiative