Navigating a “World in Danger” – Lessons for a new generation of Transatlantic security leaders

Panel Discussion

Tuesday November 17th, 2-3 PM EST / 8-9 PM CET

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Join us for a conversation on the future of the Transatlantic security partnership. Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger and Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook will uncover insights and recommendations for a new generation of Transatlantacists who enter a world of renewed great power competition.

Amb. Ischinger will draw from key ideas and concepts of his book “World in Danger – Germany and Europe in an Uncertain Time,” which has recently been launched in the US. We will inquire how his experiences as a renowned German career diplomat and Ambassador to the US offer guidance for the challenges ahead. In conversation with acclaimed foreign policy expert Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, the speakers will analyze the foreign policy implications of a bitterly divided US election and the strained relationship with a Europe that is reluctant to pull its weight on the international stage.

The event will be co-hosted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Boston. All events of the virtual German American Conference 2020 are open to the public and free of charge.


Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger

Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and former German Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) since 2008. A German career diplomat, he was State Secretary (Deputy Foreign Minister) from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2006, he was the Federal Republic of Germany’s Ambassador to the U.S., and from 2006 to 2008, to the Court of St James’s. He is a Senior Professor at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and serves on the boards of companies as well as non-profit-institutions, including Atlantik-Brücke/Berlin, the American Academy/Berlin, and the Atlantic Council of the United States/Washington D.C.

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook is a German and American national and the founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century. In January 2018, she was named Executive Director of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. Cathryn holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Hauser Fellow in Nonprofit Management and recipient of the Donald K. Price award for academic excellence and community service.