On February 13, GMF's Ankara office hosted Gerald Knaus, Chairman, European Stability Initiative (ESI), for a discussion ESI's recent work on "Turkey's image, European public debate and the future of enlargement."
From February 13 to 17, GMF and the Robert Bosch Foundation hosted the 6th Annual Congress-Bundestag Forum 2009 at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria and Berlin. The purpose of the forum is to bring together influential members of the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag for discussions of policy issues affecting the United States and Europe in order to strengthen the transatlantic partnership. This year´s forum was attended by seven members of the U.S. Congress and ten members of the German Bundestag, as well as several spouses and children.
On February 12, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a discussion on recent developments in Belarus and on current Western policy vis-à-vis the country. Taking place at the GMF headquarters in Washington, DC, the event was met with considerable interest and was attended by over 70 experts, analysts, civil society activists, and representatives of the Belarusian Diaspora.
The Transatlantic Taskforce on Development launched its report on February 10, entitled "Toward a Brighter Future: A Transatlantic Call for Renewed Leadership and Partnerships in Global Development." A project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Washington, DC, launch events consisted of a launch event at the House of Sweden, followed by briefings on Capitol Hill.
GMF President Craig Kennedy awarded Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
On February 9, GMF President Craig Kennedy was awarded with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, highlighting Mr. Kennedy's contribution to the German-American and transatlantic relationships. German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth presented Mr. Kennedy with the award.