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On October 9 of this year Turkey launched a military offensive in northern Syria which is directed against the Kurdish YPG militia. This step was facilitated through the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region. Thereby, Syria that has been in a civil war for more than eight years becomes once again a site of further combat operations. These cause an ever-increasing number of deaths and force tens of thousands of people to flee.
As in previous years, this year’s delegation trip takes us not only to the political centre of the USA, to Washington, DC, but also to a second place where we want to better understand the political and economic developments of the country beyond the capital.
After our trip to Oklahoma in the American heartland last year, the Atlantik-Bruecke delegation will visit Boston this year. The capital of Massachusetts is an economically prosperous port city and, due to its proximity to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is also an innovation center and a scientific and technological stronghold.
Study trip with teachers from Saxony to Miami, FL, Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, and Washington, D.C.
This year’s trip is sponsored by the Joachim Herz Foundation and the Halle Foundation. The journey is carried out in cooperation with Saxony’s State Ministry for Culture and takes place within the framework of the Deutschlandjahr.
A joint AmCham Germany, Atlantik-Brücke and VDA event.
Welcome: Bernhard Mattes, VDA President
Keynote: Sigmar Gabriel, former Vice Chancellor; Atlantik-Brücke Chairman
Panel Discussion on Chances in Transatlantic Cooperation
– Eckart von Klaeden, Vice President, Head of External Affairs, Daimler AG and Chair of Foreign Trade Committee at VDA
– Frank Riemensperger, AmCham Germany Vice President & Chairman Accenture Germany
– N.N., CEO of Automotive Supplier (tbc)
– Philipp Jung, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Customer Success, 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, HP
Moderator: Roman Pletter, Deputy Head, Economics and Business Section, DIE ZEIT
After his election as the new chairman to Atlantik-Bruecke, Sigmar Gabriel will pay his first visit to Atlantik-Bruecke’s regional chapter in London. We look forward to a stimulating exchange of ideas on current challenges in European foreign policy.
Sigmar Gabriel is a member of the SPD faction in the German Parliament and has previously served as Federal Foreign Minister and Federal Minister of Economics in the cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The former chairman of the SPD is also author of the book “Zeitenwende in der Weltpolitik“.
6:30 pm: Start of the Summer Get-Together
6:45 pm: Welcome by the host Michael Klaus, Partner, Bankhaus Metzler
subsequently: Introduction and speech, His Excellency Stéphane Dion, Ambassador of Canada
7:45 pm: Drinks und fingerfood
approximately 10:00 pm: End of the Summer Get-Together
The Frankfurt Summer Get-Together givers members and Young Leaders Alumni the opportunity to gather after the summer break and ring in the second half of the year with thought-provoking ideas, good discussions and new encounters.
We thank Bankhaus Metzler very much for their generous hospitality.
Philip Collins is a columnist for The Times and was the paper’s Chief Leader Writer for almost a decade. He served as Tony Blair’s Chief Speech Writer for five years, leaving Downing Street Number 10 on the same day as the former PM and penning his last speech in office. He now casts an insider’s eye over Westminster events as well as analysing what makes persuasive communication.
The conference will debate the question: How can we strengthen resilience to deal with myriad disruptive domestic and inter-national threats in today’s interconnected global environment?
Jan Hatzius is Goldman Sachs’ chief economist and head of Global Economics and Market Research. He is also a member of the Firmwide Conduct and Operational Risk Committee as well as the Global Investment Research Client and Business Standards Committee.
The U.S. government has fundamentally changed its defense strategy to focus on great power competition, especially vis-à-vis China but also on the military threat from Russia to NATO’s Eastern member states. At the same time, the U.S. has called upon NATO member states to commit themselves to the 2 percent target.
Discussions, flash talks, networking, dinner and music.
David Deißner, Executive Director, Atlantik-Brücke
|Panel Discussion: Ethics of Artificial Intelligence – Algorithms in Civic Life and Infrastructure
with Julia Reuss, Chief of Staff, Office of Dorothee Bär, Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs, Federal Chancellery (YL 2018),
|U.S. Foreign Policy – and Europe’s Response – a Conversation with
Omid Nouripour, MdB (Alliance 90/The Green Party), Foreign Policy Spokesperson of the Parliamentary Group and Board Member of Atlantik-Brücke
Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and Charlie Dent, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, discuss the outcome of the Midterm Elections.
On November 6, the citizens of the United States of America elect all of the 435 seats of the House of Representatives and one third of the Senate’s seats. Will the Democratic Party succeed in regaining one of the chambers from the Republicans? What is the current state of Congress, especially with bipartisanship in crisis? Which are the most important legislative projects both for Republicans and Democrats over the next two years until the presidential election in 2020?
This event is conducted in cooperation with AmCham Germany.
How far advanced is the process of ratification of CETA? Which successes in trade and investments can already be seen ? Does the treaty have a positive impact on other negotiations of bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements? We look forward to discussing these questions with Ailish Campbell.
The Frankfurt Summer Party gives members and Young Leaders Alumni of Atlantik-Brücke an opportunity to meet after the summer break and kick off the second half of the year with thought-provoking ideas, good discussions and new encounters.
Over the past year, the traditionally strong alliance between the United States and Germany has weakened as both countries turned inward. Finding common ground has become increasingly more challenging, but it has also made transatlantic dialogue all the more important. This year’s conference will address the myriad issues facing the German-American partnership, from foreign policy to trade and taxation, and the effects of digital disruption in business, media, and security.
America is redefining its role in the world under the Trump presidency, and in Europe, too, the liberal international order is being challenged by new political parties previously on the fringes. Why do we see this desire to undo foundational aspects of Western foreign policy on both sides of the Atlantic?
Consul General James (Jim) Herman assumed charge of the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt in August 2015. Herman is a career Foreign Service Officer, with a rank of Minister Counselor. He is the Ambassador’s representative to the German states of Hessen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, and Saarland. As such, he leads the largest U.S. consulate in the world.
The Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling and Atlantik-Brücke analyze the imminent alienation within the western community of shared values – as an exception not from the perspective of politics but from art’s perspective.
With the election of Donald Trump the American public chose a president who has a very critical stance on international trade. Where does that leave the EU as one of the U.S.’s major trading partners? Peter Rashish will look at President Trump’s trade policy approach and sort theory from practice.
Ten years ago, the last financial crisis reached its peak. Are we sufficiently prepared for another crisis or is the next crash only a matter of time?
“Western Values & the Future of Liberal Internationalism”
Friedrich Merz, Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke
Professor Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, Director of the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at the University of Bonn
Flash Talks by:
Roland Werner, Head of Government Affairs & Policy, DACH, Uber Germany
Takis Würger, Reporter, Der Spiegel
Esra Kücük, Head of Gorki Forum & Member of the Board of Directors, Maxim Gorki Theater
Sebastian Asdonk, CEO & Co-Founder, Hyperbole TV
In conversation with Friedrich Merz, Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke, Christoph Heusgen and Richard Haass look back at some of the pivotal moments in the transatlantic relationship in 2017, and debate the fate of multilateralism in 2018 and beyond.
The Internet does not recognize national borders and challenges states to find modern solutions that respect both international law and national sovereignty.
Join us for an evening discussion with Dr. Michael O’Hanlon from the Brookings Institution, who will offer an analysis of what the future of NATO and the European Security Order might look like and point to potential next steps for the transatlantic alliance. Has NATO expansion gone far enough? Does Europe need a new security architecture, or can the alliance meet today’s security needs while maintaining the fundamental principle of Article 5?
In today’s workplace, diversity is more than just a buzzword; it’s a way to build a stronger business. In 2015, Silicon Valley’s Pinterest decided to set public, challenging goals to increase hiring rates of women and employees from underrepresented ethnic groups and discovered surprising benefits to the company.
Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, Munich Security Conference
Andrey Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
Andrew S. Weiss, Vice President for Studies, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Moderator: Katja Gloger, Author, STERN
Relations between Russia and the United States have been difficult for years. With the election of Donald Trump as President, a new start seemed possible until investigations into Russian influence in the US elections once again severely burdened bilateral relations. The relationship is now characterized by a demonstrative friendship between the presidents on one hand and sharp rhetorical confrontation in everyday foreign policy on the other.
In a global context, the Trump administration is seeking to reduce the United States’ international commitment under the motto “America First”, while Russia is increasingly asserting the claim to be a world power again. The political and economic interests of decision makers are subject to controversial debate on both sides of the Atlantic. The multi-faceted interests of Russia and the United States and their impact on the European Union will also be topic of the panel discussion in Munich on November 14.
The event takes place in cooperation with the German Society for Eastern European Studies and the Graduate School for Eastern and Southeastern European Studies (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich / University of Regensburg).
We would like to thank the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung for their generous hospitality.
This event is for members and Young Leaders Alumni of Atlantik-Brücke as well as for selected guests.
Matthew Karnitschnig talks about the new reality in Germany and Europe – the rise of populism and right-wing extremism. What is the path forward, from the recent German elections, which saw the entry of Alternative für Deutschland taking third place, marking the first time in decades that a far right party has entered German Parliament? How will the EU navigate this and other crises?
Matthew Karnitschnig is POLITICO’s chief Europe correspondent, based in Berlin. He joined the publication in 2015 from the Wall Street Journal, where he spent 15 years in a variety of positions as a reporter and editor in the US and Europe. Karnitschnig was part of a team of Journal reporters that won a Gerald Loeb award and was named a Pulitzer finalist for National Reporting in 2009, and led the team that was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 2011 and won an Overseas Press Club award in 2012.
Speaker: Professor Dr. Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank
Professor Dr. Andreas Dombret has been Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Bundesbank since 2010. He is currently responsible for the Department of Banking and Financial Supervision, the Risk Controlling Department, and the Bundesbank’s Representative Offices abroad.