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2019 German-American Conference

Strengthening Transatlantic Resilience in Uncertain Times

 Wednesday, June 12, 2019

AXICA Congress- and Conference Center
in the DZ BANK Building
Pariser Platz 3
10117 Berlin

For over seven decades, the United States and its European allies have shaped the international liberal order. They set limits and protected this order through collective action and strong multilateral institutions. In recent years, however, the influence of the West has waned and the multilateral system is under threat, leaving the transatlantic partnership that has been the bedrock of the international order at an important juncture.

The United States and Germany have numerous Reibungspunkte – points of friction – which include defense spending by NATO member states, tariffs and trade, and climate change. There are also policy differences on how to bring stability to the Middle East, on the policy toward Russia, and on energy, most notably regarding the construction of Nord Stream 2.

There is a danger that these tensions will create fissures in the relationship, allowing strategic competitors like China and Russia to fill this space. With Germany and the United States both inwardly focused on a variety of issues, it is harder to address the common challenges in a constructive way. But just because it is difficult does not mean it is not worthwhile. Despite turbulence between Washington and Berlin (and Brussels, for that matter), the transatlantic partnership may be stronger than some observers and pundits might think.

At this critical time, the American Council on Germany and Atlantik-Brücke will convene their annual transatlantic conference to explore the durability of the transatlantic partnership and of democratic institutions and practices on both sides of the Atlantic. The conference will debate the question: How can we strengthen resilience to deal with myriad disruptive domestic and international threats in today’s interconnected global environment?

Wolfgang Köhler, Board member, DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank
Ambassador John B. Emerson, Chairman, American Council on Germany
Friedrich Merz, Chairman, Atlantik-Brücke e.V.

9:15 am

Remarks by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Chairwoman, Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)

Moderated by Sarah Kelly, Anchor-at-Large, DW News (tbc)

  • Is there a “new Cold War” between liberal and autocratic systems?
  • Can democratic, as well as multilateral, institutions withstand the rise of autocrats and non-democratic systems?
  • How can civil society organizations help counter anti-democratic trends on either side of the Atlantic?

Dr. Charles A. Kupchan, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations and former Senior Director for European Affairs, National Security Council
Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Member of the Bundestag (CDU)

Moderator
Sarah Kelly, Anchor-at-Large, DW News (tbc)

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Justin Muzinich

Moderated by: Professor Dr. Andreas Dombret, former member of the board of Deutsche Bundesbank

  • Are the strategies of “America First” and “One Belt, One Road” precursors to a more ruthless world order?
  • After the missed opportunity of TTIP, can there be a transatlantic trade and investment policy that sets global standards and norms?
  • Do economically successful autocracies contribute to the destabilization of Western political systems?

Kate Kalutkiewicz, Senior Trade Representative, U.S. Mission to the European Union (tbc)
Richard Nikolaus Kühnel, Representative of the European Commission in Germany
Dr. John Lipsky, Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and former Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Professor Dr. Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Member of the European Parliament and Spokeswoman in the Committee on International Trade for the European People’s Party (EPP)

Moderator
Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

  • Who are the digital adversaries of the U.S., the EU, and NATO? Does the West have the policies and technological tools in place to be cyber resilient against these adversaries?
  • Can a secure, rules-based international order in cyberspace be developed?
  • How can the West foster a more inclusive transatlantic dialogue to address pressing cybersecurity challenges?

Julie Fisher, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Commander Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos, First Inspector of Cyber and Information Space, German Armed Forces
Professor Dr. Christoph Meinel, CEO, Hasso-Plattner-Institut
Kim Zetter, Senior Staff Reporter, Wired

Moderated by: Matthias Naß, International Correspondent, DIE ZEIT

Conversation with Sigmar Gabriel, Member of the German Parliament (SPD) and former German Foreign Minister
Moderated by Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

  • What are the implications of China’s dominance in technologies like 5G and Artificial Intelligence for the West? Is there opportunity for transatlantic cooperation on technological innovation vis à vis China?
  • As the Trump Administration takes a tougher line on China, what does it mean for U.S. and EU relations with China?

Meg Lundsager, Public Policy Fellow, The Wilson Center for Scholars, and former U.S. Executive Director on the International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board
Ambassador Michael Schaefer, former German Ambassador to China, Chairman of the Executive Board, BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation
Dr. Kristin Shi-Kupfer, Director of Politics, Society and Media, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Moderator
Andreas Winiarski, Chairman & Founding Partner, awesome capital

Agenda is subject to change.

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