Together with several other transatlantic institutions we organize and host the virtual event series "Road to Election Night & Beyond".



Inauguration Day in America: Linking Washington and Berlin

Free Virtual Discussion

This discussion takes place virtually via live stream: https://landing.berlin-election-night.de/


America has voted. On January 20, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Rarely has a U.S. presidential transition sparked as much attention and concern as the current one. Themed America United, Biden's inauguration ceremony is intended to mark a new chapter drawing from a core pillar of his campaign in bringing the country together. To conclude our Road to Election Night & Beyond series, 13 experts from the transatlantic community will convene in Berlin to help you make sense of the inaugural process and its implications on both sides of the Atlantic.


Join us for two virtual discussions on Inauguration Day and listen in as key representatives from transatlantic institutions and political foundations share their expectations regarding the Biden-Harris administration and the future of the Euro-American bond.

  • Panel 1: The New Presidency: What to Expect
  • Live Broadcast Inauguration Speech
  • Panel 2: The Biden-Harris Administration: Priorities & Challenges

Framing a screening of the inaugural address, two panel discussions will be streamed live and feature the following speakers:


  • John B. Emerson, Chairman, American Council on Germany Ambassador of the United States to Germany (2013-17)
  • Daniel Benjamin, President American Academy in Berlin, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State (2009-12)
  • Warren Marine, Treasurer American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V., Partner & Head of U.S. Country Practice, KPMG Germany
  • Martin-Sebastian Abel, Board Member Freundeskreis AmerikaHaus NRW e.V., Director, MSL Germany
  • Tina Hassel, Head and TV Editor-in-Chief of ARD-Hauptstadtstudio in Berlin
  • Anahita Thoms LL.M., Board Member Atlantik-Brücke e.V., Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Dr. Meike Zwingenberger, Executive Director Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations
  • Christian Schmidt MP, President German Atlantic Association
  • Knut Dethlefsen, Representative to the U.S. and Canada, Friedrich Ebert Foundation
  • Michael Link, Board Member Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Member of the German Bundestag (FDP)
  • Mareike Ohlberg, Senior Fellow, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Markus Ferber, Chairman Hanns Seidel Foundation, Member of the European Parliament (CSU)
  • Bastian Hermisson, Executive Director North America Heinrich-Böll-Foundation


Panel Moderator: Terry Martin, Senior Anchor for Deutsche Welle News


On the day of the event, join the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #R2EN for a chance of your question being featured in the panel discussions. 


This event is part of the virtual event series Road to Election Night & Beyond.


More information on our participation in Road to Election Night & Beyond can be found here.


Organizers: organized and hosted by several transatlantic institutions and political foundations.



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