As the pandemic began to spread across the globe, the American Council on Germany sort to engage individuals in a virtual world. In 2020, the ACG began to host virtual working groups.
Network 2025: Transatlantic Working Group on the Pandemic Response
From late spring 2020 until early this year, a small group of committed transatlanticists from diverse personal and professional backgrounds met regularly online to discuss the impact of the pandemic — and the implications of the simultaneous public health, economic, and social crisis in the short-, medium-, and long-term. In more than nine sessions, they covered a host of issues, including public health, climate, disinformation, and confidence in democratic institutions and practices. As a next step, the members of Network 2025 will be conducting interviews with opinion leaders from both sides of the Atlantic regarding their perspectives on the events of 2020 and 2021, the possible lessons learned, and the path forward. Learn More.
German-American Working Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The American Council on Germany and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius are convening a German-American working group to discuss and explore diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice issues in a transatlantic context. From September 2021 to March 2022, a group of 15 to 20 experts will convene virtually at regular intervals to parse the issues and develop policy recommendations to promote greater diversity with the goal of producing a policy paper on the critical importance of DEI in transatlantic relations. Learn More.