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Program Highlights

The 21 Eric M. Warburg Chapters host more than 140 events each year. Below are highlights from recent discussions. Topics range from climate change to the rise in populism to transatlantic trade to the refugee crisis in Europe. 

From May 21 to 23, Ricklef Beutin, Visiting Fellow in the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), spoke at Warburg Chapters in Indianapolis, St. Louis, and San Francisco. During the course of the week, he spoke with more than 100 individuals about the future of transatlantic relations. These events were conducted under the auspices of Deutschlandjahr 2018-2019. The St. Louis event was held in cooperation with the World Affairs Councils of America and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

On April 30, Peter Beyer, Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation at the German Federal Foreign Office and Member of the German Bundestag (CDU), spoke in Los Angeles. He discussed  the importance of finding common ground between the United States and Germany, and why we should not focus on the drama in Washington. This event was held under the auspices of Deutschlandjahr.

The Los Angeles Warburg Chapter held a discussion and luncheon with James Kirchick, journalist and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution on April 13. He discussed his latest book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demogogues, and the Coming Dark Age, and what it means for German-American relations.

On April 11, the Boston Warburg Chapter and World Boston co-sponsored a discussion and luncheon with Ricklef Beutin, Visiting Fellow in the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He discussed the some of the challenges to the transatlantic relationship today and in the future. This event was held in partnership with World Boston under the auspices of Deutschlandjahr, and in collaboration with World Affairs Councils of America.

On March 25, the Charlotte Chapter organized a series of events with Riprand Graf Arco, Founder and Chairman of the American Asset Corporation. He reflected on “American exceptionalism” and 35 years as an entrepreneur in the United States.

That same day, the Dallas Warburg Chapter and the ZEIT-Stiftung held a discussion and luncheon with Dr. Christian Martin, Professor of European and Mediterranean Studies and Max Weber Visiting Chair in German and European Studies at NYU, and Dr. Sokol. The discussion covered a wide variety of topics including the Grand Coalition in the Bundestag, the upcoming European elections, and NATO.

The Seattle Chapter held a discussion and reception with Boris Ruge, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Hans-Ulrich Südbeck, Consul General of Germany in San Francisco on March 21.

On March 14, Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, offered her insights on the state of the transatlantic partnership at an event in Denver.