Road to Election Night & Beyond

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Regarding the upcoming presidential election, we are happy to host the virtual event series Road to Election Night & Beyond together with the Aspen Institute and other transatlantic institutions and German political foundations.

This series is meant to facilitate in-depth discussion amongst leading researchers, policymakers, think-tanks, and civil society in the run up to this year’s U.S. election.


About Road to Election Night & Beyond

The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and the events leading up to November 3 continue to shape public discussion and debate on both sides of the Atlantic. Given that the world currently finds itself in a pandemic of unknown dimensions, the pending health crisis further pushes this consequential election to the center of public attention.


This joint effort by institutions representing the leading transatlantic community aims to foster debate on a healthy and strong Euro-American partnership and to raise awareness for issues that will shape public perception in Germany, Europe, and the U.S. in the months to come. In unprecedented and uncertain times like these, we are committed to sending a strong signal for transatlantic solidarity.


Kicking-off on September 1, virtual discussions will be hosted every 2 to 4 weeks, each focusing on a specific topic, ranging from transatlantic trade to electoral demographics, social media on the campaign trail to geostrategic implications of the election. Join us for a lively exchange amongst the vibrant transatlantic community and let us, together, pave the way for a Transatlantic Conference on January 20, 2021, the very day of the inauguration of the U.S. President.

Click here to visit the official Road to Election Night & Beyond website for more information on the series and upcoming events.

Follow the hashtag #R2EN on social media.

Videos of Recent Discussions

Inauguration Day in America: Linking Washington and Berlin

Session 10 / January 20, 2021 at 4:40 p.m.


with 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, President German Atlantic Association, Member of the German Bundestag (CSU), 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


Moderation: Terry Martin, Senior Anchor for Deutsche Welle News






Why Trade Matters! The Future of Transatlantic Economic Relations

Session 9 / December 9, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.


with Daniel Andrich - General Manager, American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V., Dr. Christina Gommlich - Deputy Head of Berlin Office, Corporate Government Relations, BASF SE, Dr. F.- Hans Grandin - CEO, HUESKER Synthetic GmbH and HUESKER Group, Peter Riehle - President & CEO, WITTENSTEIN North America

Moderation: Annett Meiritz - U.S. Correspondent in Washington DC, Handelsblatt

Welcome remarks: Frank Sportolari - President, American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.





Migration, Flight, and U.S. Immigration Policy under President Biden

Session 8 / December 3, 2020 at 7 p.m.


with T. Alexander Aleinikoff, University Professor and Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School and Roberto Suro, Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at the University of Southern California

Moderation: Berit Ebert, Vice President of Programs of the American Academy in Berlin

Welcome remarks: Daniel Benjamin, President of the American Academy in Berlin




Safeguarding Transatlantic Security: A "New Deal" in Euro-American Relations?

Session 7 / November 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.


with Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic & Director of the Europe Program; Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Defence; Member of Bundestag (CSU)

Moderation: Andrea Rotter, Head of Division Foreign and Security Policy; Hanns Seidel Foundation.






Beyond Election Day: Transatlantic Media De-Brief

Session 6 / November 13, 2020 at 3 p.m.

with Melissa Eddy, Berlin Correspondent for The New York Times, Tina Hassel, Head and TV Editor-in-Chief of ARD-Hauptstadtstudio in Berlin, Tonia Mastrobuoni, Berlin Correspondent for La Repubblica, and Wojciech Szymanski, Berlin Correspondent for the Polish Section of Deutsche Welle

Moderation: Terry Martin, Senior Anchor for Deutsche Welle News




Election Day in America: A Pre-Analysis from Berlin

Session 5 / November 3, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.


Leading representatives of the transatlantic community are part of this virtual discussion.

Moderation: Annette Riedel (Deutschlandfunk Kultur)






The Future of the Multilateral Order

Session 4 / October 16, 2020

with Robert B. Zoellick, Former President of the World Bank, U.S. Trade Representative & U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank

Moderation: Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of External Policy at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) 




Beyond the Campaign Trail: The Future of the American Presidency

Session 3 / October 9, 2020

with Peter Baker, The New York Times and David Frum, The Atlantic

Moderation: Vendeline von Bredow, The Economist


Knowing Each Other? Mutual Perceptions Across the Atlantic

Session 2 / September 23, 2020

with Dr. Emily Haber, German Ambassador to the Unites States and John B. Emerson, former United States Ambassador to Germany

Moderation: Dr. David Deißner, Executive Director Atlantik-Brücke

Transatlantic Town Hall - A Bipartisan Congressional Perspective on the Future of the Euro-American Bond

Session 1 / September 1, 2020

with Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), United States House of Representatives, and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), United States House of Representatives.

Moderation: Rüdiger Lentz, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Germany


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