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Past Conference Highlights

The ACG organizes Policy Conferences to bring together policymakers, journalists, and analysts to share their expertise and exchange perspectives on issues of contemporary concern. Selected program highlights can be found here.

“Security and Prosperity in a New Era of the Transatlantic Relationship” Conference in Berlin
In mid-September 2015, more than 300 leading decision-makers and opinion leaders as well as Young Leader alumni from Germany and the United States participated in conference sessions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and today’s foreign and security challenges facing Europe and the United States held at the DZ Bank and the Deutsche Bank. Speakers included German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson, and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Punke.

Participation swelled to over 500 when the conference participants convened in the “Weltsaal” in the German Foreign Office for a keynote speech by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and a panel with “Zeitzeugen” who were present at the signing of the Two-Plus-Four Agreement – including former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas, and former ACG Board member Robert Zoellick, former President of the World Bank. This event was timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Two-Plus-Four Agreement.

“Restoring Trust: the Future of the Transatlantic Partnership” Conference in Washington, DC
This conference joined together members of the American Council on Germany and Atlantik-Brücke for a lively discussion on the current state of the transatlantic relationship. On April 30, 2014, the conference began with a keynote address given by Senator Christopher M. Murphy, U.S. Senator for Connecticut (D) and Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, focusing on the importance of the relationship between the United States and Germany.

More than 150 Americans and Germans attended the conference, which was held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Welcome addresses were given by Friedrich Merz, Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke; Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt, ACG Chairman and former German Ambassador to the United States; and Ambassador Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States. With much focus on the NSA scandal and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the conference continued to cover topics such as cyber-security, energy transformation, the U.S.-German partnership, and TTIP.  Speakers included Dr. Norbert Röttgen, Member of the German Bundestag (CDU); Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Ambassador John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to Germany; Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger (1978 Young Leader), Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and Global Head of Government Relations for Allianz SE; and Edelgard Bulmahn, Vice President and Member of the German Bundestag (SPD).