Germany Listening Zoom, June 16, 2021

"Forging the New Transatlantic Bond"

A discussion with Minister of State Niels Annen and Julia Friedlander

The outcome of the U.S. presidential election was greeted with great relief in many parts of Europe, not least in Germany. Hopes are high that the U.S. will revive its leading role in the liberal world order and that the transatlantic relationship will return to how it was before the Trump era.

But what is really changing under a Biden administration? What continuities and what innovations can we expect in the transatlantic relationship? How will the highly polarized political culture within the US affect America's foreign policy? And how will the debates about Europe’s strategic autonomy and its (digital) sovereignty, which flourished during the Trump administration, develop under new conditions?

As the next event in our Germany Listening series, we are hosting an online discussion in English with Niels Annen, Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office, and Julia Friedlander, C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Deputy Director at the Atlantic Council. A thematic input from both guest speakers will be followed by a moderated discussion with students from top European and American universities.

Since 2018, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Master International Relations Berlin/Potsdam (MAIB) have been hosting a joint lecture series under the title Germany Listening. International speakers from politics and academia formulate expectations for Germany's role in Europe and the world.

Participation in the event on 16 June is by invitation only. For further information, please contact Samuel Walker.