KEEPING CHANNELS OPEN

Supporting Transatlantic Cooperation

Our Mission

  • Keeping Channels Open is a dynamic new initiative aimed at generating ideas and strengthening connections between UK, US & EU in the wake of the Russian war on Ukraine, Covid, Brexit, Trump and waves of populism and disinformation. It was launched in September 2020 as a cross-party, cross-border network by independent partners & the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
  • Through a series of events, we are hosting multi-disciplinary groups of politicians and governance practitioners, experts and strategists, community leaders and campaigners, to debate how to cooperate on the most pressing issues of the day.
  • Together, our growing network is spreading understanding, brainstorming solutions and finding common ground in US-UK-Europe relations and beyond – amid massive disruption to our economies and way of life and varied challenges to liberal democracy, globalisation and international cooperation.
  • We are tackling essential topics like the coordination of responses to the Ukraine war and how to strengthen our defences, security, democracy and communications; how to improve UK-EU and US-EU relations; European and American leadership in today’s world; connecting UK-Europe at the city and regional level; collaborating on culture, education, health, science & the environment; managing culture wars, disinformation and polarisation, and crafting an effective transatlantic foreign policy and reinvigorated multilateralism.

Keeping Channels Open in the Media

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Take back control of the conversation, and we may just get our country back
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Keeping Channels Open
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Partners launched a project in September 2020 to proactively generate ideas for keeping channels open between the UK, US and Europe - beyond Brexit...
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Testimonials

Howard Dean
Former Governor of Vermont, Presidential candidate

The cultural affinity between Europe, US and UK is very strong, but there are real dangers ahead for our democracies and forces pulling us apart. We really need initiatives like Keeping Channels Open to help us strategise together in a dynamic way, and build momentum for solutions to the big challenges ahead.

Alex Hall Hall
Former senior UK civil servant and Ambassador

I’m happy to give a plug to this new forum aimed at sustaining UK-EU-US cooperation post-Brexit, to counter disinformation and heal divides. I’ve participated in several events – they have great people and produce excellent reports. It’s time to take back the narrative.

Peter Ricketts
Senior UK diplomat, fmr UK Ambassador to France

With relations between the UK and her European neighbours in need of repair, it is more important than ever to keep civil society channels not just open but vibrant. Keeping Channels Open is making a great and very welcome contribution to precisely that objective. I’ve been very impressed by KCO’s capacity to bring together a more diverse range of people than a typical think tank discussion. They deserve every support in their thought leadership!

Reza Afshar
CEO, Independent Diplomat

Organisations like Keeping Channels Open can help ensure connections are not lost in this era of political and social upheaval. More informal dialogues, like those run by KCO, can help strengthen collaborative thinking about how to face the growing threats from conflict and autocracy, and most importantly, help drive solutions

David O'Sullivan
Former US Ambassador to EU

Brexit became like a ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’, with one dispute after another. It is hugely important to maintain a vibrant dialogue between all people of goodwill in the EU and UK in order not to lose sight of what unites rather than divides us. ‘Keeping Channels Open’ does just that, by providing a platform for discussion and debate for those interested in thinking beyond the present controversies towards a more constructive future relationship.

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Sandra Khadhouri
Director