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Inauguration Day in America: Linking Washington and Berlin

America has voted. On January 20, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Rarely has a U.S. presidential transition sparked as much attention and concern as the current one. Themed America United, Biden’s inauguration ceremony is intended to mark a new chapter drawing from a core pillar of his campaign in bringing the country together.

To conclude our Road to Election Night & Beyond series, 13 experts from the transatlantic community will convene in Berlin to help you make sense of the inaugural process and its implications on both sides of the Atlantic. Join us for two virtual discussions on Inauguration Day and listen in as key representatives from transatlantic institutions and political foundations share their expectations regarding the Biden-Harris administration and the future of the Euro-American bond.

Inauguration Day in America: Linking Washington and Berlin

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
4:40 – 8:00 p.m. (CET)


Framing a screening of the inaugural address, two panel discussions will be streamed live and feature the following speakers:

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 MdB
President, German Atlantic Association

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

The two panels will be moderated by

Terry Martin
Senior Anchor for Deutsche Welle News

On the day of the event, join the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #R2EN for a chance of your question being featured in the panel discussions. This special format is part of the transatlantic virtual event series Road to Election Night & Beyond #R2EN, which is organized and hosted by several transatlantic institutions and political foundations. More information on the series can be found at Please note: This event will be on the record and posted afterward in its entirety on YouTube.

Note: The  link to the event / the dial-in data will be sent with the registration confirmation.




20. Januar 2021
16:40 – 20:00




Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft e.V.
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