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 is why several transatlantic institutions and German political foundations have joined forces in order to host the virtual event series Road to Election Night & Beyond. 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.
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, we will host virtual discussions 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.
Please see below for upcoming events and please note that further dates and events will be announced on a rolling basis. Videos of the discussions will be made available on this page after the individual sessions.
Session 1 (see video below)
Transatlantic Town Hall: A Bipartisan Congressional Perspective on the Future of the Transatlantic Bond
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm CET
Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), Chairman of the Asia, Pacific, and Nonproliferation Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Vice Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, United States House of Representatives
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee, United States House of Representatives
Moderated by: Rüdiger Lentz, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany
Kicking-off the event series, the two Congressmen will provide a bipartisan congressional assessment of the current state of transatlantic affairs. This session will offer a platform for exchange on topics of mutual concern on both sides of the Atlantic and the future of the transatlantic bond. Recent developments focusing on this year’s presidential election and possible repercussions on the Euro-American partnership may further be addressed.
Session 3 (see video below)
Beyond the Campaign Trail: The Future of the American Presidency
Friday, October 9, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CET
Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times and Co-Author of „The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III“
David Frum, Staff Writer for The Atlantic and Author of „Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy“
Moderated by: Vendeline von Bredow, European Business and Finance Correspondent for The Economist
Roughly four weeks ahead of Election Day, the world is again focused on the U.S. electoral map. No day passes without pollsters offering their latest take on the most recent numbers and data. But, looking beyond the election on November 3, invites a larger question: No matter whether the next President is named Biden or Trump, what will the future of the American presidency look like? And what role will Democrats and Republicans play in shaping the presidency for the years to come?
Session 2 (see video below)
Knowing Each Other? Mutual Perceptions Across the Atlantic
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm CET
Dr. Emily Haber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States
John Emerson, Former Ambassador of the United States to Germany, Chairman of the American Council on Germany
Moderated by: Dr. David Deißner, Executive Director of the Atlantik-Brücke e.V.
Following up on the Year of German-American friendship, this session will take a closer look at the state of transatlantic relations in this election year. More specifically, the two distinguished speakers will discuss how Americans currently perceive their German partners across the Atlantic – and vice versa. What larger trends can we deduce from the current state of transatlantic relations? Are we, in fact, still “wunderbar together”?
Session 4 (see video below)
The Future of the Multilateral Order
Friday, October 16, 2020
2:30 pm – 3:40 pm CET
Robert B. Zoellick, Former President of the World Bank, U.S. Trade Representative & U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank
Moderated by: Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of External Policy at the Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Over the past 75 years, globalization and global governance have been strongholds of universal peace and prosperity. More recently, multilateral institutions struggle to enable shared, fair and effective solutions for crisis phenomena such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Our moderated discussion will provide an outlook on the future of multilateralism. How can the structures of international cooperation be defended and redesigned? Which existing institutions may remodel the rules of multilateral engagement? And what role do new stakeholders such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank play?