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Rethinking the Transatlantic: The U.S. Elections and the Challenges to a Sustainable Transatlantic Partnership

Auf­zeich­nung einer digi­ta­len Ver­an­stal­tung mit Prof. Dr. Bir­git­ta Wolff, BM a.D. Chris­ti­an Schmidt MdB, Bot­schaf­ter a.D. Dani­el Ben­ja­min, Prof. Dr. Nico­le Dei­tel­hoff, Jür­gen Trit­tin MdB und Rebec­ca Schmidt.

Over the past four years, long­stan­ding norms of libe­ral demo­cra­cy have been thrown into ques­ti­on in the United Sta­tes. The cur­rent admi­nis­tra­ti­on has loo­ked askan­ce at sta­te insti­tu­ti­ons. Inter­na­tio­nal trea­ties and com­mit­ments have come under har­sh review; some of them have been dis­car­ded. Moreo­ver, the very legi­ti­ma­cy of demo­cra­tic elec­tions has been thrown into doubt. As poli­ti­cal eli­tes have pola­ri­zed elec­to­ral poli­tics, the Ame­ri­can peop­le have beco­me more divi­ded than they have been sin­ce Recon­struc­tion. Perhaps the only thing they agree on: Ame­ri­can demo­cra­cy is in cri­sis. Given this domestic poli­ti­cal tur­moil, the future of the trans­at­lan­tic part­ners­hip can no lon­ger be taken for gran­ted. And yet it is hard to ima­gi­ne a strong inter­na­tio­nal alli­an­ce of defen­ders of libe­ral demo­cra­cy without a robust working rela­ti­ons­hip bet­ween Euro­pe and the US. Inde­ed, the 2020 US Pre­si­den­ti­al elec­tion will pro­ve to be a waters­hed moment for both Ame­ri­can demo­cra­cy and trans­at­lan­tic rela­ti­ons. Against this back­drop, we have gathe­red an estee­med group of trans­at­lan­tic poli­cy experts who dis­cus­sed the European–American part­ners­hip in light of the 2020 US elections:

Dani­el Ben­ja­min, pre­si­dent of the Ame­ri­can Aca­de­my in Berlin

Nico­le Dei­tel­hoff, a pro­fes­sor of inter­na­tio­nal rela­ti­ons at Goe­the-Uni­ver­si­ty Frank­furt and direc­tor of the Peace Rese­arch Insti­tu­te Frankfurt

Jür­gen Trit­tin MP, a mem­ber of the Com­mit­tee on For­eign Affairs in the Ger­man Parliament

Their vir­tu­al dis­cus­sion had been mode­ra­ted by:

Rebec­ca Schmidt, mana­ging direc­tor of the Rese­arch Cen­ter Nor­ma­ti­ve Orders at Goe­the-Uni­ver­si­ty Frankfurt.

The Ame­ri­can Aca­de­my in Ber­lin, the Ger­man Atlan­tic Asso­cia­ti­on, and Goe­the-Uni­ver­si­ty Frank­furt in con­junc­tion with its Rese­arch Cen­ter Nor­ma­ti­ve Orders cor­di­al­ly invi­ted to take part in this one-hour Zoom event, which was held in Eng­lish. The evening’s pro­gram was orga­ni­zed by Dr. Berit Ebert, Head of Pro­grams and Deve­lo­p­ment at the Ame­ri­can Aca­de­my, Eli­sa­bet Tsir­ki­ni­dou, Head of Office of the Ger­man Atlan­tic Asso­cia­ti­on, and Johan­nes Völz, Hei­sen­berg-Pro­fes­sor of Ame­ri­can Stu­dies at Goe­the-Uni­ver­si­ty Frankfurt.

Many thanks to all involved!