Mark Landler, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, The New York Times, & Member of the Task Force on the Future of German-American Relations
Ambassador Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States of America
Dr. Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
With the upcoming G-7 Summit set to take place in Germany June 7-8, strong transatlantic relations matter more than ever. The proliferation of foreign policy crises from Ukraine to the self-proclaimed Islamic State makes a compelling case for increased cooperation between the United States and Europe. The transatlantic relationship has been put to the test as existing global structures built after World War II appear weak in the face of rising powers, aggressive non-state actors, and technological transformation. Transatlantic cooperation depends on a strong relationship between Germany and the United States.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) assembled an interdisciplinary group of experts to reassess the fundamentals of the German-American relationship and make recommendations to renew and strengthen bilateral ties. Karen Donfried, GMF president, and Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, chaired the task force. On June 2, Karen Donfried and Peter Wittig, German ambassador to the U.S., will share the group’s findings on key questions. What binds the United States and Germany today? Do we share values and interests? Why does the official German desire for cooperation differ from public sentiment? Can we find a way to reframe the bilateral relationship and bridge the gaps, including where to draw the line between safeguarding privacy and protecting security?
We hope you can join us for the task force report release, to discuss the future underpinnings of German-American relations.