Strengthening America’s Partnership with Britain and Europe’s sovereign states on the economic, trade and security fronts.
In 2004, the International Leaders Summit’s inaugural event took place on the European continent bringing together like-minded leaders from government, public policy arena and business to address threats and opportunities impacting both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years, the International Leaders Summit has created an engaged network of elected officials and leaders in business, government, media and think tanks committed to a strategic purpose of strengthening the rule of law – a vital condition to a functioning market economy and protection of property rights (physical and intellectual), creating a level playing field to expand markets through free and fair trade and secure peace through strength.
Events hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, London, Ljubljana, Prague and Warsaw have also addressed erosion of the rule of law and the noticeable democratic decline in Eastern Europe, specifically in central Europe and the Balkans, in the southeastern Europe.
International Leaders Summit has hosted Washington, DC and Brussels’ based research groups including the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy which have alerted legislators on both sides of the Atlantic about democratic backsliding in Croatia, Hungary and Poland, and the troubling data revealing high levels of illicit financial outflows via crime, corruption and tax evasion. The rise of anti-Semitism within Europe further undermines freedom and security for citizens.
On the economic and security fronts, the International Leaders Summit continues to engage elected leaders and stakeholders to address serious issues that will strengthen America’s partnership with Britain and Europe’s sovereign states committed to the rule of law. According to published reports, America and Europe’s goods and services trade totaled $1.1 trillion in 2016. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, America’s goods trade deficit with the European Union totaled $146.7 billion in 2016.