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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 29, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 28
SAIS Center Launches 'Transatlantic' Magazine to Examine World Affairs

By Felisa Neuringer Klubes

The Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS will unveil the premier issue of its bimonthly magazine, Transatlantic: Europe, America & the World, during a launch celebration on Tuesday.

The event will feature remarks by a panel of speakers, including Robert J. Guttman, editor in chief of Transatlantic; Gerard Baker, chief U.S commentator for The Financial Times at its Washington bureau; Patrick Jarreau, Washington bureau chief for Le Monde; Martin Walker, United Press International editor; and Esther Brimmer, deputy director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations.

The focus of the new publication will be to explore and explain issues confronting the United States and Europe in an increasingly globalized world. "Over the past decade Europeans and Americans disinvested in transatlantic issues, and we are paying the price," says Daniel Hamilton, director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations. "Transatlantic promises to be another of the center's ongoing efforts to generate deeper understanding of the issues confronting Europe and North America today."

In its inaugural issue, Transatlantic asks, "Are We Still Friends?" Looking at the state of transatlantic relations in the wake of the Iraq war, the magazine indicates that the prevailing opinion that the United States and its allies are in a state of deep despair and anger with one another is not true and that relations are getting better all the time even after the change of government in Spain.

Lionel Barber, managing editor of The Financial Times in the United States, who will be writing a column in every issue of Transatlantic, analyzes how a John Kerry foreign policy would differ from the current administration's policies with regard to the country's allies, the U.N. and Iraq.

Martin Walker, editor of UPI and formerly with The Guardian in Brussels and Moscow, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at why Europeans should actually like President George W. Bush, saying among other reasons that he is more European in his personality than may be readily apparent.

John Andrews, a longtime correspondent for The Economist in Paris, now reports from Los Angeles, where he profiles the new administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and sees if Schwarzenegger's European roots have any effect on his policies.

David Lennon, a longtime Middle East reporter for The Financial Times now living in London, presents the support that the United States is receiving from some of its allies in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bruce Barnard, a correspondent for The Journal of Commerce writing from Brussels, and now living in Cambridge, United Kingdom, shows how U.S. business actually grew between the United States and its European allies during all the political acrimony over the Iraq war.

Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at SAIS, presents another angle on the headscarf issue in France. Transatlantic also interviews the French ambassador and the French minister for European affairs to find out what the new law in France banning headscarves really means for Muslims.

Supachai Panitchpakdi, director of the World Trade Organization, and Pascal Lamy, European Trade commissioner, present their views on world trade and the fate of the trade talks this year in exclusive interviews for the magazine.

Another article interviews Sir John Kerr, a former British ambassador to the United States, who points out why the recent attempt to give Europe a constitution failed and looks ahead to what may happen and how the proposed constitution compares with the U.S. constitution.

Transatlantic traces John and Teresa Kerry's European connections, researches same-sex marriage in Europe and how laws differ from those in the United States, and speculates on who might be the new team of commissioners at the European Commission in Brussels next year. The magazine also features a "Cultural Comments" section with reviews of current books and exhibits.

Guttman, Transatlantic's editor in chief, says, "Our new magazine will become the premier magazine in its field very quickly due to our well-known journalists on both sides of the Atlantic and our interviews with leading policy-makers around the world. In addition to looking at what is really happening behind the major topics of the day, Transatlantic presents a lighter view with articles on culture, art, travel and books."

The magazine launch celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 30 in the Kenney Auditorium of the school's Nitze Building, in Washington. Non-SAIS affiliates who want to attend should call 202-663-5730 or write to

For information about subscribing to Transatlantic, call 202-587-3235 or e-mail An annual subscription (six issues) is $30; a two-year subscription (12 issues) is $49.


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