Time: 12:00 PM — 04:00 PM
Date: 11/28/2017
New York, NY United States

Following the German elections on September 24, Chancellor Merkel has faced a challenging task in forging a coalition made up of four political parties which did not anticipate becoming partners in government. As negotiations unfold it remains clear that finding common ground is difficult and will require weeks of negotiation. Our agenda will offer an opportunity to take stock of the status of discussions in Berlin as well as the perceptions and expectations in Washington, DC, directed toward the new coalition government emerging. We will examine the political and economic issues framing the parameters of the new government in Berlin and discuss the future of German-American relations at a particularly challenging and transformative period.

We are pleased this year to be cosponsoring our symposium with the American Academy in Berlin.

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Jacques Brand, Senior Partner, PJT Partners

Ralph Fuecks, Former President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations

Jackson Janes, President of AICGS

Ambassador John Kornblum, Senior Counselor, Noerr LLP Berlin; Founding Trustee, American Academy in Berlin

John Lipsky, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University SAIS; Former First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Gale Mattox, Director, Foreign and Domestic Policy Program, AICGS; Professor, U.S. Naval Academy

Andreas Nick, Member of the German Parliament (CDU)

Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director, Geoeconomics Program, AICGS

Julianne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Tim Stuchtey, Executive Director, Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS)

Theo Waigel, Former Federal Minister of Finance of Germany













We look forward to welcoming you the presentations and discussions on November 28. Please contact Ms. Elizabeth Caruth ( with any questions.