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Understanding and Combating the Surge in Global Antisemitism: A Conversation With Secretary Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy Deborah Lipstadt

Saturday, February 17, 2024, 3:30 p.m. (CET)

In recent months, we have witnessed an alarming increase in antisemitic incidents and rhetoric, arguably the worst such spike since the Second World War. In this conversation moderated by Atlantik- Brücke CEO Julia Friedlander, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor & Combat Antisemitism Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt will discuss the sources of contemporary antisemitism, how antisemitism is all too often a bellwether of the fragility of a democracy, and the national security and societal imperatives of combating the “oldest hatred.”

Welcome Remarks:
Meike Zwingenberger, CEO Amerikahaus–Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Introductory Remarks:
Amy Gutmann, U.S. Ambassador to Germany

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Hillary Clinton 2023 ©Carl Timpone, BFA.com

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent over five decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate. As 67th U.S. Secretary of State, her "smart power" approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening, and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. Earlier, as First Lady and Senator for New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls. She also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. In her historic 2016 campaign for President of the United States, Clinton won 66 million votes. She is the author of ten best-selling books; host of the podcast You and Me Both; founder of the global production studio HiddenLight Productions; Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast; and a Professor of Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs and Presidential Fellow at Columbia World Projects at Columbia University.  She is married to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, has one daughter Chelsea, and three grandchildren: Charlotte, Aidan, and Jasper.

Deborah Lipstadt ©U.S. Department of State

Deborah Lipstadt

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt has served as the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, with the rank of Ambassador, since March 2022. She has a storied career as a historian, academic, and author. At Emory University’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, which she helped to found, she served as the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies. Her numerous, award-winning books include: The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial.  Ambassador Lipstadt is probably best known for having been sued for libel in the U.K. by David Irving, one of the world’s leading Holocaust deniers. The case, which lasted for six years and was heard in court in a twelve-week trial, resulted in Irving being declared by the court to be “a right wing polemicist,” who engages in antisemitism, racism, and misogyny. That trial was depicted in the 2016 film Denial. Ambassador Lipstadt holds a BA from the City College of New York and an MA and PhD from Brandeis University.

Julia Friedlander ©Atlantik-Brücke

Moderator Julia Friedlander

Julia Friedlander joined Atlantik-Brücke, Germany's top platform for transatlantic exchange and professional network, as chief executive officer in June 2022. Before coming to Berlin, she spent two years at the Atlantic Council as the founding director of the Economic Statecraft Initiative, which handles the intersection between finance, economics and national security. She spent a decade in the U.S. government. She was senior policy advisor for Europe in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Treasury from 2015 to 2017 and from 2019 to 2020, focusing on global sanctions policy and financial regulation, and as a macroeconomist in the Department of International Affairs. From April 2017 to July 2019, she was detailed to the White House as the director for the European Union, Southern Europe, and Economic Affairs at the National Security Council, where she coordinated U.S. executive branch policy on transatlantic relations and the European Union and staffing the national security advisor. Before joining the Treasury in 2015, she held multiple analytical positions within the Central Intelligence Agency, focusing on global economic stability and energy security. 

Ms. Friedlander holds a BA in European history from Princeton University and an MA in international economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Before graduate school, she spent two years in Berlin with a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the German Council on Foreign Relations and The German Marshall Fund of the United States. 

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This event is part of the Munich Security Conference's official side events, "MSC@Amerikahaus: Emerging Leaders." Learn more about "MSC©Amerikahaus: Emerging Leaders" and its events here.

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