“What to Expect from 2021? A Conversation with Atlantik-Brücke Young Leaders Alumni and Sigmar Gabriel“

“What to Expect from 2021? A Conversation with Atlantik-Brücke Young Leaders Alumni and Sigmar Gabriel“

Sigmar Gabriel and Alton Buland, Stefan Eich, Julia Friedlander, and Kirsten Rulf

Thursday, February 04, 2021
04.00 pm - 05.15 pm

Virtual Discussion

Our Young Leaders Alumni will be interviewed by Atlanik-Brücke’s Chairman Sigmar Gabriel and will discuss the opportunities and the remaining challenges for the future of European-American relations in 2021.

With Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the newly elected President of the United States, a new chapter of transatlantic partnership is about to begin. After four years of an increasingly fractious relationship, Biden’s presidency marks a new beginning for cooperation in the areas of foreign and security policy, technology, trade and for bridging the partisan divide in America.


  • Alton Buland, Director for European Policy, Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense (YL 2019) 

Prior to his current position, he served as Director for European Affairs (Turkey) at the National Security Council.

  • Stefan Eich, Assistant Professor of Government, Georgetown University (YL 2019)

Before joining Georgetown, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University, and holds degrees from Oxford, Cambridge and Yale.

  • Julia Friedlander, C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council (YL 2018)

Earlier in her career, she served as Director for the European Union at the National Security Council, and as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Department of the Treasury.

  • Kirsten Rulf, Head of Division for General Digital Policy Issues, Federal Chancellery (YL 2012)

Prior to working for the German federal government, she co-founded and led the research center for policy making on the issue area of Autonomous Vehicles at Harvard University and worked as a TV journalist.


Sigmar Gabriel, Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke, former Vice-Chancellor of Germany

This event is for Young Leaders Alumni of Atlantik-Brücke.
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