The seventh annual Congress-Bundestag Forum took place July 16 – 20 in Dayton, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., under the leadership of long-time participant Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH). Forum participants included ten members of the German Bundestag and five U.S. Representatives. Roundtable discussions in Dayton focused on a variety of topics, including intelligence-sharing, economic development, transatlantic security concerns, and nuclear non-proliferation.
Ohio proved to be a fitting state to host the Forum given the strong trade relations between Ohio and Germany. Ohio exports many agricultural and manufactured goods to Germany, while much of the manufacturing equipment used in Ohio is made in Germany. The group of lawmakers had the opportunity to tour Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which highlighted the work being done in support of national security and of U.S. coalition partners in NATO. The group also toured the Dayton Art Institute, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and attended the Dayton Air Show. The Congress Bundestag Forum ended in Washington, DC, where the members of the Bundestag met with various U.S. government agencies to discuss trade, security, and foreign relations issues.