Anticipating Economic Challenges

Geoeconomics Recommendations

With radical unpredictability being a factor on both sides of the Atlantic, anticipating some of the main obstacles facing the transatlantic partnership is a core task for participants in the AICGS project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation.” The project’s Geoeconomics team brought together experts from a variety of backgrounds, such as economists and specialists of financial regulation, international trade policy, and German industry.

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Angela Stanzel

European Council on Foreign Relations

Angela Stanzel joined the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) as a Policy Fellow for the Asia Programme in 2014. Before joining ECFR, Angela worked for the International Affairs Office of the Koerber Foundation in Berlin, for the German Marshall Fund of the United States (Asia Programme) in Brussels, and the German Embassy (cultural section) in Beijing. Angela earned her PhD in Sinology at Freie Universität Berlin, conducting research about China-Pakistan relations. Alongside EU-China relations her work focuses on China’s foreign and security policy in East Asia and South Asia. Recent articles and publications include A German view of the Asian Infrastrcture Investment Bank (April 2017), Germany’s turnabout on Chinese investment (ECFR, March 2017), Opportunities and limits of China’s role in Afghanistan (All China Review, March 2017), China and Brexit: what’s in it for us? (ECFR, September 2016), Has Xi Jinping changed China? (China Policy Institute, October 2016).

She is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

David Livingston

Atlantic Council

David Livingston is Deputy Director for Climate & Advanced Energy at the Atlantic Council. Previously, he was an associate fellow in the Carnegie Endowment’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on geoeconomics, markets, and risk. He is also a nonresident associate of Carnegie Europe in Brussels.

Previously, Mr. Livingston served as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs. He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna. Mr. Livingston is an alumnus of the Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program.

He is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

Lisa Kastner

Foundation for European Progressive Studies

Lisa Kastner is a policy advisor at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, a Brussels-based think tank, and associate fellow at the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po Paris. She holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po Paris and an MA in European Studies from the University of Bath. Lisa was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, the Elliott School at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and at AICGS.

Her research on the politics of financial regulation has been awarded the research award in the category PhD thesis by the Erasmus academic network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA) in 2016, the journal article prize of the Max Planck Institute in 2015 and the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy (both forthcoming 2017), the Journal of Civil Society and in several policy outlets. Her book “Civil Society and Financial Regulation” will be published with Routledge in 2018.

She is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

Manuel Kilian

Axel Springer ecosystem

Manuel Kilian is a Senior Project Manager for Investing and Venturing at the Axel Springer ecosystem firm which supports industries and governments in their digitalisation efforts. Prior to this, Manuel served as the Senior Manager to the President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the biggest economic lobby group in Germany. Apart from this, he gained professional experience at the Cabinet Office, Deutsche Bank and the UN Environmental Programme.

Manuel holds an MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge and a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and Sciences Po Paris. He is passionate about the digital transformation and its impact on society and economics.

He is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

Megan Leary

U.S. Department of the Treasury

Megan Leary is an International Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and is responsible for economic and financial matters involving a portfolio of European countries, including Germany and Greece. Megan previously served as the G-20 Coordinator during the Chinese and German G-20 presidencies, preparing senior Treasury officials on issues ranging from the global economy to international taxation. During the global financial crisis, Megan worked in the U.S. Treasury’s Markets Room, where she was responsible for briefing senior Treasury officials on financial market developments and served as a specialist on the U.S. mortgage backed securities market. Megan earned a B.A. in economics and political science from Pennsylvania State University.

She is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

Monika Kerekes

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Monika Kerekes is an expert and deputy head of the division “International Economic and Monetary Issues” in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. In this capacity, she works together with international organizations such as the OECD focusing on macroeconomic questions. In addition, she monitors macroeconomic developments in specific countries, among others in the United States. Previously, she worked as an expert and deputy head of division in the unit “Money, Credit and Banking.” Before joining the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Monika Kerekes worked as economist at the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), as a research associate at the Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin) and as a visiting researcher at the Hungarian Central Bank (MNB). She obtained her diploma in economics at the University of Mannheim and spent a year at the University of Melbourne receiving grants from the DAAD. She conducted research on economic growth and holds a doctorate degree in Economics.

She is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

Sidney Rothstein

Haverford College

Sidney Rothstein is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Haverford College. Rothstein studies the political economy of wealthy democracies in comparative perspective, focusing particularly on Europe and the United States. His research examines the politics of the digital transformation, seeking to explain how the transition to the knowledge economy reshapes relationships of power, and patterns of inequality, in different countries. In his work, Rothstein has taken up these questions by tracing how tech workers develop novel power resources to defend against mass layoffs, and, in a new project, by tracing how tech employers shape countries’ policies for governing the labor market. His research has appeared in Socio-Economic Review, Studies in American Political Development, and Perspectives on Politics. Rothstein holds a BA in Political Science from Reed College and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

He is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).

Sven Hilgers

Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

Sven Hilgers is research fellow at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science of the University of Hagen. As part of the research project “Credit Lending as Two-Level Game: Troika-Debtor Negotiations in the Eurozone,” he analyzes the process of negotiation and implementation of financial assistance programs in the Eurozone. His dissertation project investigates the change of the European Central Bank before and during the financial crisis. Mr. Hilgers studied political science and global studies in Berlin and Roskilde (Denmark). He holds an MA and BA in political science from Freie Universität Berlin, where he is pursuing his PhD. Mr. Hilgers is also active in politics. Currently, he serves as a member of the Free Democrat’s (FDP) federal committee on international politics and chairman of the FDP Berlin’s committee on international and European politics. Among other things, he was vice president and international officer of the young liberals Germany (JuLis) and worked as an assistant for a liberal MP in the Bundestag.

He is a 2017-2018 participant in AICGS’ project “A German-American Dialogue of the Next Generation: Global Responsibility, Joint Engagement,” sponsored by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi).