Cook, Liberatore talk on U.S. Mid Term Elections and Obama’s Agenda
On January 19 and January 20, GMF's Berlin and Brussels offices hosted Robert G. Liberatore, GMF senior transatlantic fellow and Charles E. Cook, Jr., editor and publisher of "The Cook Political Report", for a discussion on "The 2010 Congressional Mid-Term Elections: What is Going to Happen and What Impact Will it Have on Obama's Agenda". In Berlin the panel discussion took place in cooperation with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and was moderated by Annette Riedel, senior editor at Deutschlandradio. Hans-Ulrich Klose, deputy chairman of the German Bundestag's Committee on Foreign Affairs and DGAP expert Josef Braml provided brief comments from a German perspective before the audience had an opportunity to ask questions. In Brussels the event was hosted in cooperation with the U.S. mission to the European Union and was moderated by GMF President Craig Kennedy.
In Berlin, the discussion focused on an analysis of the current situation including the special Senate election in Massachusetts on January 20, providing the German audience with a valuable context of the workings of the American political system as Germans are trying to understand the challenges ahead for the Democrats in the Congressional elections. In Brussels, the audience received a frank reality check from the panelists who addressed openly the political situation and the Obama administration's difficulties to engage fully on international issues during this time of internal political insecurities.