Generates insights into the institutional, political, cultural, and historical factors that shape our responses to deepening economic integration and the challenges of globalization. Current issues in the Business & Economics Program include Trade and Financial Governance, which looks at macroeconomic discrepancies, studies the responses of central banks and fiscal authorities to current challenges, and analyzes transatlantic trade and growth. Educating the Future Workforce assesses ongoing workforce development and labor market challenges for the United States and Europe. It seeks lessons on work-based learning systems and their role in boosting employment and economic growth from other countries’ experiences in an effort to apply them to the United States. Under the topic Energy and Climate Policy, it examines European energy security and the economic impact of energy and environmental policy.

Distinguishing between risk and uncertainty—two concepts dating back to economist Frank Knight (1921)—has become popular in financial policy analyses in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2007-09. Risk refers to all those possible futures whose probabilities can be estimated, put in numbers, the “known unknowns.” Uncertainty, on the other hand, refers to the …Read More

The eight participants of the Business & Economics Program group came together for their first virtual meeting on September 16, 2016. The discussion focused on the lessons of recent economic crises as well as future challenges for the American and European economies. Among the questions the group confronted were how we see the problems emerging …Read More

Jeff Werner

Jeff Werner is General Manager for International and Public Policy in Daimler’s External Affairs office in Washington. In this role, he manages the company’s international government affairs for US, Mexico and Canada, as well as overall public policy coordination. Werner joined the DaimlerChrysler Corporation as Manager for International Government Affairs in 2005. Prior to joining …Read More

Fabian Wendenburg

Fabian Wendenburg is the Deputy Head of the Foreign Economic Policy Department at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in Berlin. In this capacity, he works on trade policy and transatlantic economic relations. Previous to joining BDI, he worked as a Chief of Staff to the Senator for Economics in the City of Berlin, as …Read More


Brian Veber is a Senior Analyst with Treliant Risk Advisors. At Treliant, Brian has engaged in regulatory remediation programs for a large international bank, including compliance and corporate governance program assessments. He has also worked on managing reviews for mortgage litigation cases covering several large U.S. national banks. Prior to joining Treliant, Brian worked on …Read More

Marianne Schneider-Petsinger

Marianne Schneider-Petsinger is geoeconomics fellow in the US and Americas Programme at Chatham House, responsible for analysis at the nexus of political and economic issues. Before joining Chatham House, she managed the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue – an international membership body representing consumer organizations in the EU and US. She also worked on transatlantic economic issues …Read More

Katrina Knisely

Ms. Katrina Knisely is a first-year graduate student in Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program. After receiving her BA from Tufts University in Economics, International Relations, and German Studies, Ms. Knisely worked for three years at State Street Corporation in Boston, first as a management trainee rotating through various parts of the …Read More

Of the many actors at the center of the global financial crisis of 2007-09, large international banks figured prominently on post-crisis regulatory agendas. With the establishment of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) in April 2009, the G20 of state leaders created an umbrella body for driving reform processes among the various bodies of the international …Read More

The first conference of “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement” engages young Americans and Germans in discussions of current issues of concern for the transatlantic relationship. Young leaders in the fields of foreign and domestic policy; society, culture, and politics; and business and economics will come together to address challenges …Read More

The proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline project has bitterly pitted European states that back the project, including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and France, against project opponents, including Ukraine, Poland, and other former Soviet-bloc states. The project aims to double the capacity of the existing huge, 55-billion-cubic-meter-per-year Nord Stream 1 pipeline, running in parallel to it …Read More

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