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“Germany’s Role in Europe”

May 26, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

The Atlanta Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta invite you to a virtual discussion with Ambassador Emily Haber as part of the Embassy’s “Meeting America” series.

In early 2021, the U.S. inaugurated a new President, the United Kingdom left the European Union, and the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out has been lethargic in Europe. Looking to the months ahead, Germany will hold a historic election when Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down after nearly 16 years and a new Chancellor will be selected.

Join us for a discussion with German Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Emily Haber, moderated by Rickey Bevington, Senior Anchor for Georgia Public Radio. This discussion will touch on the transatlantic relationship as well as Ambassador Haber’s take on issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, Russia, and China.

Dr. 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 the 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 Ph.D. in history and is married to former diplomat Hansjörg Haber. The couple has two sons.

Rickey Bevington is a senior anchor and correspondent for Georgia Public Radio and is the award-winning Atlanta-based host of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.” She has interviewed icons as diverse as filmmaker Ken Burns, singer Dolly Parton, journalist Tom Brokaw, rappers T.I. and Big Boi, and former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young. Ms. Bevington has hosted live audience fireside chats with figures including former US President Jimmy Carter, former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark, and World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis. She regularly moderates live, televised candidate debates for Congressional, Legislative, and Mayoral elections.

Ms. Bevington’s journalism has garnered honors including the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast (EMMYS), the Society of Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Her 2017 TEDx talk is “The Future of News is in our Hands.”

She holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Barnard College of Columbia University, and she studied literature at the University of Strasbourg in France. Ms. Bevington serves on the board of the Atlanta Press Club and is a Trustee of the Georgia Council for International Visitors.


May 26, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm