EVENTS

What is Keeping U.S. up at Night: Transatlantic Priorities in Uncertain Times

Date: July 18, 2024
Time:
17:00 CET / 11:00 ET
Host:
Munich Security Conference
Language: English

Transatlantic relations, crucial for global peace and security, face challenges like Russia's war in Ukraine, relations with China, Middle East stability, the climate crisis, technology management, and trade. The upcoming U.S. presidential election will significantly influence these relations and Europe's role. Therefore, Europe must prepare for any election outcome to maintain a strong transatlantic partnership. Together with Wolfgang Ischinger, Ambassador (ret.) and President of the MSC Foundation's Council, Elbridge Colby, Principal of The Marathon Initiative and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Strategy, and Katarzyna Pisarska, Chairwoman of the Warsaw Security Forum and the European Academy of Diplomacy, we will discuss key geopolitical challenges faced by the transatlantic partners and what the upcoming U.S. election will mean for the future of transatlantic cooperation. The discussion will be moderated by Leonard Schütte, Senior Researcher, MSC.


The event will be streamed live on YouTube.

Economic Vistas und die US-Präsidentschaftswahl

Date: July 22, 2024
Time:
19:15 CET / 13:15 ET
Host:
Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Tübingen
Language: German

Die Wirtschaftsleistung ist in Umfragen seit Monaten der wichtigste Faktor bei den US-Präsidentschaftswahlen. Die Biden-Regierung setzt auf Bidenomics über das Build Back Better Infrastrukturprogramm. Die Republikaner bauen auf Trumps „America First“ Haltung mit nationalistischen Tönen und Forderungen nach einer „anti-corporate elite policy,“ die mit dem GOP-Erbe einer libertären, unregulierten Marktwirtschaft brechen. Dabei haben beide Ansätze mehr gemeinsam, als beide Parteien zugeben, auch mit Bezug auf die harte Linie gegenüber China.

Moderator Dr. Tobias Endler begrüßt  Julia Kastein, Korrespondentin im ARD-Studio Washington, Julia Friedlander, Geschäftsführerin der AtlantikBrücke, und Dr. Roland Rohde, Berichterstatter der GTAI (Germany Trade and Invest) in Washington, um zu diskutieren, wie stark sich die Wirtschaftslage auf den US-Wahlkampf auswirkt. 


You can  find more information about the event and its registration here.

Past Events

A Republic, If We Can Keep It - Democracy on the Ballot Since the Very Beginning

Date: July 2, 2024
Time:
18:30 CET / 12:30 ET
Host:
Amerikazentrum Hamburg
Language:
English

The 2024 election is shaping up to be one of the most consequential in history. With two vastly different candidates and visions, the stakes couldn't be higher. What’s particularly concerning this year is the apparent disregard for democratic institutions and values.⁠

⁠We explored the historical context of this pivotal moment, starting from George Washington’s presidency. To mark 225 years since Washington's passing, we discussed how his precedent of stepping down after two terms has shaped our democracy and we were delighted to welcome Thomas Zimmer, Professor at Georgetown University Washington. The discussion was moderated by Gottfried Haufe, event and radio moderator.


You can  find more information about the event here.


Dormant NATO: Future Prospects and Challenges

Date: July 1, 2024
Time:
17:00 CET / 11:00 ET
Host:
European Council on Foreign Relations
Language:
English

Russia's war against Ukraine has shown how much the Europeans are still dependent on the US to ensure their security, despite all the talk of "strategic autonomy". Even though Europeans have significantly increased their defence spending over the past two years, there is still a massive transatlantic imbalance in NATO. The potential re-election of Donald Trump puts NATO’s future into question. Trump has controversially stated that he would encourage Russia to "do whatever the hell they want" to any NATO country that doesn't meet the 2% defense spending target.  Conversely, if President Biden is re-elected, NATO may still struggle as the administration juggles European defense commitments with the rising threat from China.  

 Together with Camille Grand, Distinguished Policy Fellow, ECFR, Sumantra Maitra, Senior Fellow, Center for Renewing America, and Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director & Director, US programme, ECFR, we explored these scenarios, discussing NATO's adaptability and the broader implications for international security. The discussion was moderated by Jana Puglierin, Head, ECFR Berlin & Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR.


You can re-watch the event here.


KI & ME: Der Wahlkampf und Künstliche Intelligenz

Date: June 25, 2024
Time:
19:15 CET / 13:15 ET
Host:
German-American Institute Tübingen, German-American Center James F. Byrnes Institute Stuttgart, German-American Institute Heidelberg, RHET AI, University of Tübingen, Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg
Language:
German

Erst kürzlich wurde berichtet, dass der US-Präsident Joe Biden in New Hampshire demokratische Wähler *innen angerufen habe, mit der Aufforderung, sich nicht an den Vorwahlen zu beteiligen. Hierbei handelte es sich jedoch nicht um einen Anruf des US-Präsidenten, sondern um eine versuchte Wahlbeeinflussung durch eine KI-generierte Simulation der Stimme von Joe Biden. Mit Prof. Dr. Olaf Kramer (Universität Tübingen) und Prof. Dr. Christian Bieber (Forschungsprofessor am CAIS) haben wir darüber gesprochen, welche Formen eine solche Beeinflussung durch KI annehmen kann, wie sie funktioniert und vor allem, wie sie enttarnt werden kann. Welchen Einfluss haben Algorithmen allgemein auf den politischen Meinungsbildungsprozess? 

Über diesen Link können Sie sich die Veranstaltung erneut ansehen. 


The Crossroads of Democracy: Student Protests and the 2024 U.S. Presidential Elections

Date: June 18, 2024
Time:
17:00 CET / 11:00 ET
Host:
American Academy in Berlin
Language:
English

This spring’s student protests were more dramatic than any America has seen since the Vietnam War. On some campuses, classes and even graduation were canceled; in a number of cases, police were called in to dismantle protestors’ encampments. The protests also raised the question of whether opposition to the Biden administration’s policies toward Israel and Gaza could weaken support for the president’s effort to win reelection.

To discuss the campus turmoil of 2024, the president of the American Academy in Berlin, Daniel Benjamin, talked with student journalist Theo Baker of Stanford—whose article “The War at Stanford” appeared in The Atlantic in March—Nicholas Christakis, Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale, and pollster Laura Silver, an associate director at Pew Research Center.

You can find more information about the event here.


Trade Policy in the next Administration

Date: June 17, 2024
Time:
16:00 CET / 10:00 ET
Host
: Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT)
Language: English

To examine where the two presidential candidates differ and align on their overall trade strategy, the use of tariffs, the relationships with Europe and China, and looking ahead to the USMCA review, we welcomed two experts with inside perspectives on transatlantic trade policymaking; Kate Kalutkiewicz, Senior Managing Director at McLarty Associates for trade practice, and Sarah Bianchi, Senior Managing Director and Chief Strategist of international political affairs and public policy at Evercore ISI; for an off-the-record discussion on possible agendas for the next Administration. The discussion was moderated by Stephanie Harwood, RGIT’s Policy Manager for Trade.

The Crossroads of Democracy: Foreign Policy Implications of the 2024 U.S. Presidential Elections

Date: June 12, 2024
Time:
18:00 CET / 12:00 ET
Host:
American Academy in Berlin
Language:
English

Foreign policy seldom plays much of a role in American presidential elections, but the consequences of those contests can be profound for America’s allies in Europe and for the world. The 2024 election will have significant implications for American foreign policy, whatever the outcome. To discuss how the election results are likely to influence America’s global relationships — and particularly those with Germany and Europe — the European Council on Foreign Relations’ Majda Ruge (Senior Policy Fellow) and Jeremy Shapiro (Research Director) joined Academy president Daniel Benjamin for an examination of the foreign policy implications of the 2024 US elections.

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Jamie Raskin: The Unthinkable – Fighting for American Democracy

Date: May 31, 2024
Time:
18:00 CET / 12:00 ET
Host:
Amerikahaus Nordrhein-Westfalen, Amerikahaus München & Atlantik-Brücke e.V.
Language:
English

Is American democracy in danger? Congressman Jamie Raskin, member of the Democratic Party, expert in constitutional law and lead impeachment manager in the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, talked about January 6, 2021, how he experienced that day in Congress and how he perceives its aftermath. The lawyer has written a very personal book about the subject, which is also the moving story of his late son Thomas B. Raskin. The talk was followed by a discussion with Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielböger,  Executive Director of the Institute for the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV). The talk and the discussion both were moderated by  Viktoria Harbecke, Director of the AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.


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Sigmar Gabriel: Die transatlantischen Beziehungen in unsicheren Zeiten

Date: May 23, 2024
Time:
18:00 CET / 12:00 ET
Host:
German-American Institute Saxony & Atlantik-Brücke e.V.
Language:
Deutsch

Das transatlantische Bündnis steht vor neuen Herausforderungen. Seit dem russischen Angriffskrieg auf die Ukraine ist klar, dass die Zeiten der geopolitischen Stabilität vorbei sind. Wie wird sich die transatlantische Partnerschaft im Angesicht dieser Unsicherheiten weiterentwickeln, besonders mit den bevorstehenden Präsidentschaftswahlen in den USA?
Diese und weitere Fragen werden wir im Gespräch mit Sigmar Gabriel, ehemaliger Bundesminister für Umwelt, Wirtschaft sowie im Auswärtigen Amt, und Vorsitzender der Atlantik-Brücke e.V., beantworten. Die Veranstaltung wird von Therese Mager, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Forschungsinstitut für Gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt, moderiert.


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Six Months Out: Countdown to the U.S.-Election

Date: May 3, 2024
Time:
11:00 CET / 5:00 ET
Host:
German-American Institute Saxony
Language:
English

Together with Prof. Paul Rundquist we talked about the upcoming US-elections, where we are at and what to expect in the coming months. This live-streamed workshop was part of the Transatlantic Student Summit program at the German-American Institute Saxony. Prof. Paul Rundquist is a former congressional operations specialist. He worked for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. for about 30 years.


Please find the recorded video here.


Burden-Sharing or Burden-Shifting? U.S. Policy on NATO after November 2024

Date: April 24, 2024
Time:
16:00 CET / 10:00 ET
Host:
American-German Institute
Language:
English

The specter of the United States abandoning NATO looms large over the 2024 U.S. elections. Former President Trump recently reminded Europeans of his ingrained hostility toward the Alliance when he invited Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” to allies that do not pull their weight in defense spending. While a formal U.S. withdrawal from NATO appears unlikely, a potentially imminent Republican administration would seek to fundamentally rebalance the transatlantic relationship. Given the multiple parallel threats to U.S. leadership, ballooning public debt, and an underperforming defense industrial base, even a second Biden administration would face enormous pressures to shift resources and attention away from Europe.

Drawing on interviews with congressional staffers, former officials, and experts in Washington, this webinar addressed what a second Trump administration would mean for NATO. Together with Dr. Leonard Schütte (AAD/AGI Research Fellow and Senior Researcher at the Munich Security Conference) we discussed how the debate within the Republican Party on NATO is evolving, what rebalancing entails concretely, and what the Europeans need to do to put NATO on a sustainable footing again.


Please find the recorded video here.


Personnel is Policy: Plans for an Administrative Overhaul under Trump 2.0 

Date: March 22, 2024
Time:
16:00 CET / 11:00 ET
Host:
European Council on Foreign Relations
Language:
English

The overwhelming likelihood is that Donald Trump will be the next Republican nominee for President. As such, he stands a roughly even chance of winning the presidency.  
With this potential transition looming, attention has turned towards Trump’s agenda to eradicate the “Deep State” and ongoing preparations for the implementation of such agenda. Plans such as Heritage 2025 Agenda and America First Transition Project have outlined a series of staffing plans and overhaul initiatives that could significantly shape the direction of governance if Trump assumes office for a second term. 

Together with Dan Caldwell (Public Policy Advisor, Defense Priorities) and Jeremy Shapiro (Research Director & US Programme Director, ECFR) we talked about  the plans for an administrative overhaul during a second Trump administration, discussed what they mean for America and Europe and described the parallels to the Hungarian experience.  


Please find the recorded video here.

Super Tuesday 2024 - Key Takeaways and the Road Ahead

Date: March 6, 2024
Time:
18:30 CET / 12:30 ET
Host:
AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.
Language:
English

On March 5, more than 15 US states and territories held primary elections and caucuses. With the highest number of delegates at stake on a single day, Super Tuesday is typically a strong indicator of how the presidential primaries will play out overall. Sofia Dreisbach (US Correspondent FAZ), Faith Jessie (Reporter & News Anchor WXIA-TV / NBC) and Julia Naue (US Correspondent dpa) analyzed the results and discussed scenarios for the road ahead. They also looked at key state-level races. What do the results tell us about the mood in the country? Which issues moved voters the most? And what does that imply for November 5?

Please find more information here.


Democratic Crossroads – Super Tuesday: Weichenstellung im US-Wahljahr

Date: March 5, 2024
Time:
19:15-20:45 CET / 13:15-14:45 ET
Host:
German-American Institute Tübingen
Language:
German

Hybrid-Podium mit dem ehem. ARD-Washingtonkorrespondenten Arthur Landwehr, Berlin-Korrespondentin der NYT Melissa Eddy und Dr. Tobias Endler. Die USA befinden sich mitten in einem turbulenten Wahlkampf um die Präsidentschaft und der Rest der Welt schaut gespannt zu: Wird Donald Trump trotz Gerichtsurteil Wahlkampf betreiben können und wenn ja – wie? Was sind Joe Bidens Chancen auf eine Wiederwahl und welche Kandidat*innen nehmen ab jetzt die Favoritenrolle ein? Am Super Tuesday, einer zentralen Wegmarke im US-Wahljahr, werden einige dieser Fragen bereits entschieden. Im Gespräch analysierten Arthur Landwehr und Tobias Endler die zentralen Kandidat*innen mit ihren Programmen und zeigten, wie sich der Wahlkampf entwickeln kann.

Mehr Informationen finden Sie hier.

The Crossroads of Democracy: The 2024 US Presidential Election with Lynn Vavreck 

Date: February 29, 2024
Time:
18:00-19:30 CET / 12:00-13:30 ET
Host:
American Academy in Berlin
Language:
English

Do American voters think Joe Biden is too old — and might they not vote for him, as a result? And despite seemingly cruising to the Republican nomination, is Donald Trump actually showing weakness within his own party? Are minorities drifting away from Biden? Will the upcoming trials weaken Trump’s support? These were just some of the questions UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck and Academy president Daniel Benjamin have discussed in a conversation about the dynamics of the 2024 US presidential election. Vavreck, a widely known analyst of American politics, is a contributing columnist for the New York Times and co-author of several critically acclaimed books on the last three election cycles. She also helped to develop and manage Nationscape, a large-scale political survey that produces more 6000 new voter-interviews every week.

Please find the recorded event in full length here.

Die transatlantischen Beziehungen vor der US-Wahl: Wie geht es weiter?

Date: February 19, 2024
Time:
18:00-19:30 CET / 12:00-13:30 ET
Host:
Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft e.V.
Language:
German

Die Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft freut sich, den deutschen Botschafter in Washington D.C., Andreas Michaelis, für einen Impulsvortrag zum Stand der transatlantischen Beziehungen im Kaiserin-Friedrich Haus (Robert-Koch-Platz 7, 10115 Berlin) empfangen zu haben.

Im Anschluss diskutierten wir mit Botschafter Andreas Michaelis, Botschafter a.D., Dr. Klaus Scharioth sowie Dr. Laura von Daniels (SWP) über die Rolle Deutschlands und Europas im US-Wahljahr und darüber hinaus: Wie kann Deutschland gemeinsam mit den USA dafür sorgen, dass die EU-Mitgliedsstaaten ihre eigene Sicherheit und Verteidigung ernster nehmen? Wo stehen die transatlantischen Beziehungen mit Bezug auf die Unterstützung Israels? Welcher gemeinsame Umgang kann in Bezug auf China gefunden werden? Wie können sich die Europäer auf eine mögliche zweite Trump-Präsidentschaft vorbereiten und was ist zu tun, um die Ukraine möglicherweise mit verminderter US-Rückendeckung weiter zu unterstützen?

Der Tagesspiegel-Journalist Dr. Christoph von Marschall moderierte die Veranstaltung. Die Diskussion begann um 18:00 und fand im Kaiserin-Friedrich Haus (Robert-Koch-Platz 7, 10115 Berlin) statt. Anschließend gab es einen Empfang.


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Palmetto Politics: South Carolina and the U.S. Elections 2024

Date: February 14, 2024
Time:
18:00 CET / 12:00 ET
Host:
Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz
Language: English

With its “First in the South” primary, South Carolina has ended and revived numerous political careers and cemented its status as a legendary political battlefield. In 2020, winning the state proved a turning point for Joe Biden’s campaign and the Democrats have not forgotten, having now established South Carolina as the first contest for their primary calendar. On the Republican side, Donald Trump swept the 2016 primary and is now looking to repeat his win in 2024 and forcing former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley out of the race in her home state. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott has already left the contest for the presidential nomination and has endorsed Donald Trump, along with many notable political figures of the state. In this event, we analyzed the unique political culture of South Carolina politics and discuss with two experts what the “Palmetto State” can tell us about the race to the White House and the way the Democrats and Republicans operate in the South. Speakers included Gavin Jackson, host of SCETV's weekly public affairs show "This Week in South Carolina" and the weekly "South Carolina Lede" podcast, and Kirk Randazzo, Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina.


Please find more information here.



Election Season and US Foreign Policy: Implications for Ukraine Support

Date: February 12, 2024
Time:
15:00-16:15 CET / 9:00-10:15 EST
Host:
German Council on Foreign Relations
Language: English

As the US election campaign heats up, the future of US support for Ukraine has become a hot-button issue. With a critical legislative bill that includes foreign policy assistance alongside border security and asylum policy measures still under negotiation  in Congress,  the likelihood of its passage dwindles. This scenario poses significant risks for Ukraine in its defense against the Russian invasion and places additional pressure on European allies to swiftly expand their assistance to Ukraine, especially in military aid.
In a virtual discussion Dominik Tolksdorf with US foreign policy experts, we discussed the factors shaping US policy on Ukraine during the election year, the geopolitical ramifications of conflicts such as those expanding  in the Middle East, the options for the Biden administration to continue the support, and the implications for Ukraine and European allies. The discussion was moderated by Dominik Tolksdorf and speakers included Scott Cullinane, Director of Government Affairs, Razom for Ukraine, and Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Watch the recorded event here.

Franklin Foer: On Joe Biden's White House and the Struggle for America's Future 

Date: Februar 1, 2024
Time:
19:00 CET / 13:00 ET
Host:
Amerikahaus München / Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus gGmbH
Language: English

As part of the Amerikahaus Book Talk series, this event focused on Franklin Foer's gripping biography of Joe Biden, following his first term in office: The Last Politician. Foer analyzed the triumphs and failures of Biden's leadership from the 2022 "midterm mirachle" to the power of the Inflation Reduction Act, all with an eye for what this will mean for the upcoming presidential elections in 2024. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Johannes Thimm. 

Watch the recorded event here

The Pulse of the Nation after Iowa and New Hampshire


Date: January 25, 2024
Time:
17:00 CET / 11:00 ET
Host:
American Council on Germany
Language: English


Join us for the kickoff of an engaging series where we sit down with prominent pollsters in the U.S. In this event, we delved into their insights on the nation's current mood as the first primaries unfold. Looking ahead, we also discussed what to expect in the upcoming political race. Our distinguished panel included Margie Omero, Principal at GBAO polling firm, and Matt Gorman, Vice President of Targeted Victory. The discussion was moderated by Juliane Schäuble.

Please find more information here