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German-U.S. Relations in 2021: Challenges and Opportunities

May 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

German foreign policy faces profound challenges in 2021: Strengthening relations with the United States, navigating a complex relationship with China, working to ensure full post-COVID economic recovery in Europe and contributing to strengthening the European Union in the first full year following the UK exit from the Union – all while the 16-year political leadership of Angela Merkel as Chancellor comes to its end in September with a national election already dominating headlines. In conversation with Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns, and Executive Director, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Germany’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Emily Haber, will discuss the future of the transatlantic and the German-American relationship with respect to key geopolitical and geo-economic questions facing her country in a critical election year.

This event is part of the series  “Meeting America,” the first of several virtual talks with the German Ambassador and American stakeholders across the United States.

Emily Margarethe Haber has been German Ambassador to the United States since June 2018. Prior to her transfer to Washington, DC, she served in various leadership functions at the Foreign Office in Berlin. In 2009, she was appointed Political Director and, in 2011, State Secretary, the first woman to hold either post. Thereafter, she was deployed to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, serving as State Secretary in charge of homeland security and migration policy from 2014 until 2018.

Ambassador Haber has many years of experience with Russia and the former Soviet Union. She held various posts at the German Embassy in Moscow, including Head of the Political Department. At the Foreign Office in Berlin, she served as Head of the OSCE Division and as Deputy Director-General for the Western Balkans, among other positions.

She holds a PhD in history and is married to former diplomat Hansjörg Haber. The couple has two sons.


May 13, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm