Advancing the German-American Alliance

May 15, 2019

Updating the Transatlantic Partnership for the Next 70 Years

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
10:00am – 3:00pm

Konrad Adenauer signs the Basic Law, 1949. Photo by HDG Bonn/ullstein bild via Getty Images

The year 2019 marks several major anniversaries that trace the arc of the transatlantic relationship: the April 1949 founding of NATO, the May 1949 establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the November 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. Over the last 70 years, the United States and Germany have remained partners as the international system has evolved, external threats have changed, and economic interconnectedness has multiplied. The relationship is experiencing new tests, and our shared future will depend on decisions that Washington and Berlin must make in the foreseeable future. This half-day symposium will examine the challenges facing the transatlantic community and offer a vision for the alliance in the decades ahead.

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Please join AGI and the European Council on Foreign Relations for a symposium on the future of transatlantic relations.

Photo: CDU / Laurence Chaperon


AGI is pleased to welcome Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Chair of the Christian Democratic Union, to give the keynote address.





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  • 10:00 am
  • 10:20 am
    Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:30 am
    Keynote Address, "The Future of the Transatlantic Partnership"
    Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, CDU Chairperson
    Moderator: Jeffrey Rathke, President, AICGS
  • 11:15 am
    Remarks by Minister of State Niels Annen followed by
  • 11:15 am
    Session I – Foreign and Security Policy
    Niels Annen, Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office
    Andreas Nick, Member of the German Parliament (CDU)
    Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
    Julianne Smith, Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
    Moderator: Almut Möller, Senior Policy Fellow and Head of Berlin Office, ECFR
  • 12:45 pm
    Light Luncheon
  • 1:30 pm
    Session II – Economics
    Jörg Kukies, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Finance
    Clay Lowery, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors
    Stormy Annika Mildner, Head of Department External Economic Policy, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
    Michael Theurer, Member of the German Parliament (FDP)
    Moderator: Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow, Director, Geoeconomics Program, AICGS
  • 3:00 pm
    Closing Remarks


Allianz Forum

Pariser Platz 6 | 10117 Berlin | Germany

Allianz Forum
Pariser Platz 6 | 10117 Berlin | Germany