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

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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