Date(s) - 11/29/18 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Thursday 11/29/18 Doors open: 8:45 am Event: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
The transatlantic relationship has been a foundational element of the international order since World War II. Yet it is facing a crisis of confidence. The US government appears to be pursuing an increasingly isolationist approach while European leaders have suggested that the nature of the transatlantic alliance is changing significantly. Given the difficult and dynamic international climate, how can the transatlantic relationship evolve further, and how can countries like the US and Germany cooperate in solving the challenges ahead in the next decades? What are potential scenarios for the evolution of the transatlantic relationship against the background of challenges such as shifting global power dynamics and the ramifications of globalization, automation, and digitalization?
This half-day symposium is made possible as part of the Year of German-American Friendship “Deutschlandjahr USA” with the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office, Goethe-Institut, and Federation of German Industries (BDI).
Karen Donfried is president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening transatlantic cooperation through policy analysis, fellowships for next generation leaders, and support for civil society. Before assuming her current role in April 2014, Donfried was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. In that capacity, she was the president’s principal advisor on Europe and led the interagency process on the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. She serves as a senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Council on Germany. From 2014 to 2016, Donfried served as vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States; in 2017, she became a member of WEF’s Europe Policy Group. Donfried is a member of the Team of External Advisors to the President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. She was a member of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2015 to 2017. Donfried has a PhD and MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Magister from the University of Munich, Germany. She holds a bachelor’s in government and German from Wesleyan University.
Cathleen S. Fisher has been engaged in transatlantic and German-American relations for over 30 years. She is president of American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation, a US nonprofit charitable organization that partners with the AvH and over 5,400 US Humboldt Alumni to sustain scholarly and scientific collaboration with Germany. Prior to joining American Friends of AvH in 2008 she was deputy director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, where she was centrally involved in management of all operations and programs in support of the Institute’s mission. Fisher previously served for ten years as a senior associate at the Stimson Center, where she focused on arms control and transatlantic security issues. She has had fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Harvard Center for International Affairs, the Social Science Research Council, and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. She serves on the Advisory Council of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York. Fisher has taught at George Washington University, Georgetown University and Emory University. She holds a PhD in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University’s School of Public Administration. She has written numerous articles and monographs and has spoken extensively on German-American and transatlantic relations, US foreign policy, and transatlantic collaboration in science and on issues at the nexus of science and policy.
Daniel S. Hamilton
Daniel S. Hamilton is the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and directs the “The United States, Europe, and World Order” Program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was the founding director of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations and for fifteen years served as executive director of the American Consortium for EU Studies. He is Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He has held a variety of senior diplomatic positions, including associate director of the Policy Planning Staff for two U.S. Secretaries of State and deputy assistant secretary of State for European Affairs. In 2008 he served as the first Robert Bosch Foundation Senior Diplomatic Fellow in the German Foreign Office, where he worked in the Planning Staff for German Foreign Minister (and now President) Frank-Walter Steinmeier. In 2012 he was a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ‘Futures Advisory Group’. He has been a member of a dozen boards for U.S. and European foundations, think tanks and professional journals. He served as host of The Washington Post/Newsweek International’s online discussion feature Next Europe, and has served as a consultant to Microsoft, the U.S. Business Roundtable, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, the National Geographic Society, and RAND. Hamilton has also taught graduate courses in U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-European relations at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the University of Innsbruck and the Free University of Berlin. He has been a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, deputy director of the Aspen Institute Berlin, and program officer and Washington, DC liaison officer for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.
Phil Levy is senior fellow on the global economy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Previously, he taught at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, was senior economist for trade for President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, and a member of Secretary of State Rice’s Policy Planning Staff. He writes regularly on various topics, including economic relations with China. Levy received an AB from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a PhD from Stanford University.
Stormy-Annika Mildner became head of the department “Foreign Economic Policy” at the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI), Federation of German Industries. Until December 2013, she was a member of the Executive Board of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), a policy-oriented think-tank based in Berlin. Her fields of interest include international trade and finance as well as commodity markets. Before joining the SWP, she worked for the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), where she headed the program “Globalization and the World Economy” (2000-2002). From 2005 to 2006, Mildner was a lecturer at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin. In spring 2010, she was a visiting fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, where she is still a non-resident Senior Fellow. In fall 2011 she was a visiting fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy in Washington. Mildner conducted her Bachelor studies in economics and North American studies at the Free University of Berlin and earned a Master of Science in international political economy from the London School of Economics. She wrote her PhD thesis at the Free University of Berlin on the economic and political rationale of export credit finance in the United States. During her PhD studies, she attended the Yale Center for International and Area Studies (YCIAS) of Yale University.
Katja Simons is the executive director of the German University Alliance Inc., a joint liaison office of Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in New York. Previously she was program director at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York and manager, Generation Study Abroad at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Simons studied sociology, political science, and history at the Universities of Freiburg and Berlin (Freie Universität), and received her doctorate at the Ruhr-University Bochum in 2002.
Jeromin Zettelmeyer is a senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), where he chairs a research and policy network on the European economic architecture. From 2014 until 2016, he served as Director-General for Economic Policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Previously, he was Director of Research and Deputy Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2008–2014), and a staff member of the International Monetary Fund (1994-2008), where he worked in the research, Western Hemisphere, and European departments. He holds degrees from the University of Bonn and MIT (Ph.D. 1994). His research interests include financial crises, sovereign debt and economic growth.