Of Privacy & Power: The Transatlantic Struggle Over Freedom and Security

July 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
1744 R Street NW Washington
DC 20009 United States


  • Karen Kornbluh, Senior Fellow and Director, Digital Innovation Democracy Initiative


  • Henry Farrell, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Abraham L. Newman, Director, Mortara Center for International Studies, Professor, School of Foreign Service and Department of Government, Georgetown University

Farrell and Newman explain how privacy and security agreements and disputes between the United States and Europe have reshaped the transatlantic relationship as well as the politics of surveillance over the past decade. They explore the role of information and power in a world of economic interdependence.

This roundtable is the next in a series run by the Digital Innovation & Democracy Initiative. The initiative leverages GMF’s extensive networks to develop strategies that advance innovation and strengthen democratic values.

If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Miller at jmiller@gmfus.org.

Henry Farrell is professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He works on a variety of topics, including democracy, the politics of the Internet, and international and comparative political economy and is the co-author Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security (Princeton University Press 2019) and author The Political Economy of Trust: Interests, Institutions and Inter-Firm Cooperation (Cambridge University Press 2012). He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, co-chair of the advisory board for the Social Science Research Council’s Digital Culture Initiative, an affiliated scholar at Stanford University Law School’s Center for the Internet and Society, an associate editor of Perspectives on Politics, and an international correspondent for Stato e Marcato.

Abraham L. Newman is professor of Government and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is the Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies. His research focuses on the politics generated by globalization and is the co-author Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security (Princeton University Press 2019), co-author of Voluntary Disruptions: International Soft Law, Finance and Power (Oxford University Press 2018), author of Protectors of Privacy: Regulating Personal Data in the Global Economy (Cornell University Press 2008) and the co-editor of How Revolutionary was the Digital Revolution (Stanford University Press 2006). His work has appeared in a range of journals including Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, International Security, Science, and World Politics.