At the event, “After the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: What just happened in America and why it matters to you,” U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Philip D. Murphy, addressed an audience of 300 people at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin-Tiergarten on November 15, 2012.
In his keynote speech, he discussed the U.S. elections, paying particular attention to the demographic changes within the population and how these factored into the outcome of the election. He also presented an optimistic outlook of the next four years despite tough challenges, such as upcoming fiscal deadlines. His speech was followed by a panel discussion, featuring Ambassador Murphy, Stefan-Andreas Casdorff, editor-in-chief of Der Tagesspiegel, Dr. Josef Braml, U.S. expert and chief editor of the “International Politics” yearbook at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), and Werner Sonne, former ARD Morgenmagazin anchor. GMF’s Sudha David-Wilp, senior program officer in Berlin, moderated the panel. The discussion focused, among other topics, on the economy, the transatlantic relationship, the situation of the Republican Party after the election, as well as what to expect from President Obama in his second term.
A brief Q&A with the audience followed the panel discussion with questions and comments focusing on the role of women in the 2012 U.S. election, the ecologic consequences of the shift in U.S. energy policies, and the future role of the European Union in the transatlantic relationship.
The event was hosted by the Embassy of the United States of America in cooperation with Atlantik-Brücke e.V., Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft e.V., Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP), the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and Der Tagesspiegel.