The American Council on Germany regularly hosts prominent government officials, respected journalists, senior analysts, and other influential figures for discussions. These events vary in format from larger lectures to smaller, high-level briefings.
The ACG generally holds about 30 events in New York City annually, providing a cohesive overview of timely issues of transatlantic and international relevance, from politics and security to economics and finance. Events are generally held over breakfast or lunch.
In an effort to engage more younger and mid-career participants, in July of 2015 the ACG launched its Political Salon series. This series brings together a diverse group of young professionals for informal, open discussions on a range of current political, economic, and social topics in an increasingly interconnected global environment – with an emphasis on issues of concern for the transatlantic agenda. Speakers share brief remarks and engage in a dynamic discussion with participants.
The ACG and American Friends of Bucerius jointly launched the Transatlantic Global Agenda Series in 2011 to offer members of the transatlantic community in New York an opportunity to meet with respected experts to discuss significant global economic, political, and security issues in the context of the transatlantic partnership. These discussions are hosted by Alston & Bird LLP. Recent speakers have included Katja Gloger, Editor-at-Large at Stern magazine, on Putin’s Russia and Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, on developments in Turkey after the failed coup attempt.
In addition to standalone events, the ACG has established several named lecture series:
The annual Garrick Utley Lecture on Global Media Issues honors award-winning journalist Garrick Utley, who was the ACG’s Chairman from 1998 through March 2011 and served on the Council’s Board of Directors until he passed away in early 2014. The series features top journalists who share their insights on transatlantic issues. The inaugural Utley Lecture featured Dr. Mathias Doepfner, Chairman and CEO of Axel Springer AG. In 2016, the Publisher of Handelsblatt, Gabor Steingart, discussed the role of media in the 21st century.
The American Council on Germany launched the John J. McCloy Lecture Series in 2002 to mark its 50th anniversary with the objectives of providing members with a close look at European-American relations from the perspectives of top government officials and corporate leaders and honoring founding Chairman John J. McCloy. Speakers have included top business leaders and government officials, such as Klaus Kleinfeld of Alcoa Inc.; Clemens Börsig and Ulrich Cartellieri, both of Deutsche Bank AG; Roland Koch, Minister-President of Hesse; Rudolf Scharping, German Minister of Defense; Wolfgang Schäuble, Member of the Bundestag and Deputy Chair of the CDU/CSU Bundestag Group; German Interior Minister Otto Schily; and Ernst Welteke, President of the German Bundesbank.