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Inauguration Day in America: Linking Washington and Berlin

January 20, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm EST

America has voted. On January 20, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Rarely has a U.S. presidential transition sparked as much attention – and concern – as the current one. Themed “America United,” Biden’s inauguration ceremony is intended to mark a new chapter in bringing the country together.

To conclude our Road to Election Night & Beyond series, representatives from the transatlantic community will convene to help you make sense of the inaugural process and its implications on both sides of the Atlantic. Join us for two virtual panel discussions on Inauguration Day and listen in as representatives from key transatlantic institutions and political foundations share their expectations regarding the Biden-Harris administration and the future of the transatlantic bond.

10:40 – 10:45 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.: Panel Discussion on “The New Presidency: What to Expect”
12:00 p.m.: Livestream of the Inaugural Address by President Joe Biden
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.: Panel Discussion on “The Biden-Harris Administration: Priorities and Challenges”

The discussion will be live-streamed here.

Speakers will include:

Martin-Sebastian Abel
Board Member, Freundeskreis AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.
Director, MSL Germany
(2019 ACG Fellow)

Daniel Benjamin
President, American Academy in Berlin
Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State (2009-2012)

Knut Dethlefsen
Representative to the U.S. and Canada, Friedrich Ebert Foundation

John B. Emerson
Chairman, American Council on Germany
Ambassador of the United States to Germany (2013-2017)

Markus Ferber
Chairman, Hanns Seidel Foundation
Member of the European Parliament (CSU)

Prof. Dr. Stefan Fröhlich
Board Member, German Atlantic Association
Chairman, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Institute of Political Science

Tina Hassel
Head and TV Editor-in-Chief, ARD-Hauptstadtstudio in Berlin

Bastian Hermisson
Executive Director North America, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation

Michael Link
Board Member, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
Member of the German Bundestag (FDP)

Warren Marine
Treasurer, American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.
Partner, KPMG

Mareike Ohlberg
Senior Fellow, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Anahita Thoms, LL.M.
Board Member, Atlantik-Brücke e.V.
Partner, Baker McKenzie

Dr. Meike Zwingenberger
Executive Director, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Both panel discussions will be moderated by
Terry Martin
Senior Anchor, Deutsche Welle News


January 20, 2021
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
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