The European Aspen Institutes are focused on the development of leadership networks and informed dialogue about the values and principles of democracy, the rule of law, and a wide array of economic, financial, social, and political topics.

The central mission of the Aspen Initiative for Europe (AIfE) is to pool the national resources and strengths of each individual Aspen Institute in Europe around common values and shared ideas about the future of the European Union.

AIfE also aims to gather “emerging leaders” in various fields that are urgent and policy-relevant. A new generation of leaders may be more willing to engage with relatively new challenges in creative ways, while remaining true to the original Aspen values of liberal democracy and open dialogue.