Marking 30 Years of German Unification: What Lies Ahead?
A Conversation with Robert B. Zoellick
Lead U.S. Official for the Two-Plus-Four Negotiations on German Unification
and Former President of the World Bank,
U.S. Trade Representative, and Deputy Secretary of StateThursday, October 1, 2020
11:00 am to noon Eastern Time
Saturday, October 3, marks the 30th anniversary of German Unification. Join the American Council on Germany and the German Consulate General in New York for a discussion with Robert B. Zoellick, the Lead U.S. Official for the Two-Plus-Four Negotiations which ultimately led to German Unification. He will reflect on the historic developments 30 years ago, talk about lessons learned, and share his thoughts on current and future challenges for the transatlantic alliance.
Robert B. Zoellick’s government experience spans six U.S. Presidencies – during the Cold War, in its closing chapter, and into the first decades of the 21st century. He has served as Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary, and Counselor of the State Department; Ambassador and U.S. Trade Representative; Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury; Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House; and President of the World Bank. Under Secretary of State James A. Baker III, Mr. Zoellick was the lead U.S. negotiator in the Two-Plus-Four process for Germany’s unification. The German Government awarded him the Knight Commanders Cross for his work.
Mr. Zoellick currently serves as Senior Counselor at Brunswick Geopolitical, an advisory service of Brunswick Group, and a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Mr. Zoellick serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Twitter, Inc., chairs the International Advisory Council of Standard Chartered Bank, and is on the Advisory Board of Swiss Re. He is a member of the boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Carnegie Endowment, chairs the Global Tiger Initiative, and is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency. His most recent book, America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, was published in August.