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December 12, 2008 | Washington, DC

Factors of Integration for Second and Third Generation Muslims:
Perspectives from Germany and the United States

An expert workshop organized in cooperation with the Transatlantic Academy and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

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December 2-4, 2008 | Berlin, Germany

After the U.S. Elections 2008
Future Prospects of the New Transatlantic Agenda

Visit of Congresman Bill Delahunt (D-MA), Congresman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Christina Sevilla (Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative), Elizabeth Turpen (Henry Stimson Center), Rolf Mützenich (MdB) and Almut Wieland-Karimi (Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation to the United States and Canada).

Participants of the December 3rd panel discussion: A. Wieland-Karimi, B. Delahunt, E.Turpen, R. Mützenich and D. Rohrabacher

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November 18, 2008 | Washington, DC

The Transatlantic Security Agenda in the Obama Administration

A workshop with three Paneldiscussions organized in cooperation with Brookings Institution and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. The keynotes wer dedelivered by Amb. Volker Stanzel.

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November 11, 2008 | Washington, DC

The Financial Disaster
Shock Waves on Both Sides of the Atlantic

A discussion with former Prime Minister of Denmark Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (President of the Party of European Social Democrats) and the Chief International Economist at the AFL-CIO, Thea M. Lee.The Discussion was moderated by Almut Wieland-Karimi, Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation to the United States and Canada.

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October 29, 2008 | Ottawa, Ontario

Not a Contradiction: Business, Environment, and Energy
A Canadian-German Dialogue

An expert workshop organized in cooperation with Sustainable Prosperity and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Petra Dolata-Kreutzkamp,David Runnalls and David Watters

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October 24, 2008 | Washington, DC

Germany's Role in International Relations
A World Tour

A lecture by Hans-Ulrich Klose, Member of the German Parliament, at George Washington University for students from George Washington, Georgtown, Johns Hopkins, and American University. The lecture was organized in cooperation with the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

Hans-Ulrich Klose

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October 19 - 23, 2008

The 2008 Presidential Election - Battleground Florida

Organized in cooperation with the Congressional Study Group on Germany. With Hon. Frank Schwabe (MP), Hon. Dietmar Nietan (former MP), and Bernd Neuendorf (SPD-NRW).

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October 8, 2008 | Washington, DC

A New Transatlantic Agenda
Elections in the United States and Germany

A Luncheon discussion Ditmar Staffelt (MdB), Jackson Janes (AICGS), Hon. Thomas Farmer (Consultants International Group), Claire Pierangelo (U.S. Department of State), Dietmar Nietan (foreign policy advisor to Martin Schulz, MEP), Emily Peckenham (Friedrich Ebert Foundation) and Almut Wieland-Karimi (Friedrich Ebert Foundation).

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October 8, 2008 | Washington, DC

Globalization - Towards the Primacy of Politics
Reconsidering Rules of the Game: European and American Perspectives

A roundtable discussion with Alfred Buß (Protestant Church of Westphalia), Wallace Kuroiwa (United Church of Christ), Rüdiger von Kleist (The World Bank), Edith Rasell (United Church of Christ), Martin Büscher (Protestant Church of Westphalia), Katherine Marshall (Georgetown University) and Ulrich Möller (Protestant Church of Westphalia). The discussion was organized in cooperation with the Protestant Church of Westphalia and the United Church of Christ.

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October 6, 2008 | Washington, DC

Religion and State: A Middle East, U.S. and EU "Trialogue"

A panel discussion with Geneive Abdo (The Century Foundation), Ibrahim El-Houdaiby (Muslim Brotherhood), Bob Edgar (Common Cause) and Dietmar Nietan (Advisor to MEP Martin Schulz). The discussion was organized in cooperation with the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).

Bob Edgar, Geneive Abdo, Andrew Albertson, Ibraim Houdaiby and Dietmar Nietan Ibraim Houdaiby and Dietmar Nietan Bob Edgar, Geneive Abdo, Andrew Albertson, Ibraim Houdaiby

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September 26, 2008 | Washington, DC

Environment, Energy and the Economy: A contradiction?

A luncheon roundtable discussion with State Secretary Matthias Machnig (Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety), Claire Pierangelo (US Department of State), Bob Simon (Senate Committee for Energy & Natural Ressources), Robert Gordon (Heritage Foundation), Adele Morris (The Brookings Institution) and Almut Wieland-Karimi (Friedrich Ebert Foundation).

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September 18, 2008 | Washington, DC

Washington - Berlin - Moscow
Where do we go from here?

A public discussion about recent challenges and future developments regarding the relationship between Washington, Berlin and Moscow with Amb. Daniel Fried (Assistant Secretary of Sate), Amb. Volker Stanzel (Federal Foreign Office), Craig Kennedy (German Marshall Fund of the US) and Almut Wieland-Karimi (Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington). The discussion was organized in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the US.

Volker Stanzel and Almut 
        Wieland-Karimi Daniel Fried and Sergey Kislyak Volker Stanzel and Daniel Fried Daniel Fried, Craig Kennedy, Almut 
        Wieland-Karimi and Volker Stanzel Volker Stanzel,Almut 
        Wieland-Karimi and Daniel Fried Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and  Volker Stanzel

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September 3, 2008 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

After the US-Elections:
A New Transatlantic Agenda?

Luncheon Discussion during the Republican National Convention with Dr. Heino Beckmann (Honorary Consul), Dr. Klaus Scharioth (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany) and Congressman Michael R. Turner (R-OH). The discussion was organized in cooperation with The Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota, The German-American Chamber of Commerce, The American Council on Germany and the Honorary Council of the Republic of Germany at Minneapolis.

Michael R. Turner, Almut Wieland-Karimi, Dr. Klaus Scharioth and Dr. Heino Beckmann Michael R. Turner, Almut Wieland-Karimi, Dr. Klaus Scharioth and Dr. Heino Beckmann

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August 25, 2008 | Denver, Colorado

Social Justice and Globalization:
What is on the Agenda for the New Administrations in the US and Germany?

Roundtable Discussion during the Democratic National Convention 2008 in Denver with Hubertus Heil (Secretary General, Social Democratic Party (SPD), Germany), Thea Lee (Policy Director, AFL-CIO), Tom Woodruff (Executive Director, CTW Strategic Organizing Center), Rachel Epstein (Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studie, University of Denver) and Almut Wieland-Karimi (Director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington, DC).

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July 22, 2008 | Washington, DC

In the Shadow of the Capitol:
Challenges and Change in Southeast Washington

Roundtable Discussion on Social Challenges and Urban Renewal in Southeast Washington with Markus Franz (Counselor for Labor and Social Affairs, German Embassy), Drew Hubbard (DC Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs, Office of Councilmember Marion Barry), Tyrone C. Parker (Executive Director, Alliance of Concerned Men), Eric F. Rieseberg (President, Specialty Hospitals of America), and Knut Panknin (Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington).

The event also marked the launch of the paper "Southeast Washington - Misery and Change in the Shadow of the Capitol" that Markus Franz and Knut Panknin have written on the situation of Ward 8 in Southeast Washington.

Knut Panknin and Tyrone C. Parker Eric F. Rieseberg Markus Franz Drew Hubbard Knut Panknin Panelists

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July 9, 2008 | Washington, DC

Youth and Democracy
Civic Engagement in the United States

Roundtable Discussion with Members of the German Parliament. The bi-partisan Delegation (see program for complete list of participants) was headed by Kerstin Griese (SPD), MP and Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Committee on Family, Seniors, Women and Youth. Speakers: Amitai Etzioni (Director, Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University), Millicent Williams (Executive Director, Serve DC - DC Commission on National and Community Service), Abigail Kiesa (Youth Coordinator, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, CIRCLE), Billy Fettweis (Volunteer Services Coordinator, Greater DC Cares), and Michael Czogalla (Program Officer, Friedrich Ebert Foudation).

Kerstin Griese, Ingrid Fischbach, Kai Gehring Amitai Etzioni, Michael Czogalla, Millicent Williams Abigail Kiesa, Amitai Etzioni, Michael Czogalla, Millicent Williams, Billy Fettweis

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June 19, 2008 | Ottawa, Canada

German and Canadian Perspectives on Statebuilding in Afghanistan:
Moving Forward from the 2008 Paris Conference

Roundtable Discussion at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on "Afghanistan: Peace and Prosperity for the People and a Test Case for NATO" with Jörn Rohde (Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy, Canada), Stephen Baranyi (Principal Researcher, The North-South Institute), His Excellency Omar Samad (Afghanistan's Ambassador to Canada), Ernie Regehr (O.C., Adjunct Associate Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo), Almut Wieland-Karimi (Director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington DC).

Almut Wieland-Karimi, Ernie Regehr, Amb. Omar Samad and Stephan Baranyi Ambassador Omar Samad Conference Participants

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June 11, 2008 | Washington, DC

Top-level Research and Innovation:
Transatlantic Outlook and Opportunities

A Discussion at the Representative of German Industry and Trade with Bernhard Welschke (President, The Representative of German Industry and Trade), Michael Domitra (Director, Policy Department Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin) and Almut Wieland-Karimi (Director, Washington Office Friedrich Ebert Foundation).

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June 4, 2008 | Berlin, Germany

Countdown 2008:
"Mission Not Accomplished: Challenges for the US and Europe in the Middle East"

Pannel Discussion at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin with Mara Rudman (Center for American Progress), Amr Hamzawy (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) and Rolf Mützenich (Member of the German Parliament).

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May 29, 2008 | Berlin, Germany

Countdown 2008:
Race and Labor in the Race

Discussion with Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) and Jane McDonald-Pines (AFL-CIO). This discussion also kicked-off the 6th Transatlantic Social Dialogue, organized in cooperation with the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Cornell University and the European Trade Union Institute, May 29th-31st in Berlin, Germany.

Congressman Danny Davis Danny Davis, Almut Wieland-Karimi, Jane McDonald-Pines and Lee Adler Christiane Meier and Danny Davis

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May 15, 2008 | Washington, D.C.

The Financial Crisis in the US
Transatlantic Implications in Light of the Presidential Elections

On May 15, 2008 the Friedrich Ebert Foundation hosted members of the Bavarian State Parliament, the media and US economic think tanks. Franz Maget, Chairman of the Social Democratic Caucus in the Parliament, as well as members of the State Parliament and members of the media engaged US economic experts Dean Baker (Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research) and Tony Avirgan (Global Policy Network Organizer at the Economic Policy Institute) in a discussion on the current US financial crisis and its transatlantic implication. The discussion was moderated by Michael Czogalla (Program Officer, Friedrich Ebert Foudation). The delegation also visited the US Capitol. A guided tour was given by Hon. Ron Sarasin, President of the US Capitol Historical Society and former member of the House of Representatives.

Tony Avirgan, Franz Maget, Dean Baker Hon. Ron Sarasin and Franz Maget Hon. Ron Sarasin and Franz Maget

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April 11 - 12, 2008 | Cambridge, MA

Germany in the Modern World
Perspectives on Foreign Policy, Business and Society

With German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Organized in cooperation with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

FES Panel: "Who's a German, then?" - Identity and Immigration: Contrasting the US and Germany
Panelists:
Irene Dische (German-American Author), Gayle Tufts (German Cabaret Artist), Omid Nouripour (Member of the German Bundestag), Jonathan Laurence (Boston University), and Almut Wieland-Karimi (FES)

Jonathan Laurence Almut Wieland-Karimi Omid Nouripour Irene Dische Gayle Tufts John Kornblum and Almut Wieland-Karimi Michael Czogalla and Minister Steinmeier Almut Wieland-Karimi and Klaus Scharioth Minister Steinmeier, Volker Stanzel and Almut Wieland-Karimi

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April 1, 2008 | Washington, D.C.

On the Eve of a US Recession
Implications for Transatlantic Economic Relations

with Members of the German Parliament and German Trade Union IG-Metall

The US economy is still at risk of recession. A crippled housing market, escalating credit crunch, spiraling inflationary pressures and large macroeconomic imbalances underscore this fear. China, India and Eastern Europe, are advancing and becoming more independent of the US economy. Germany has regained economic strength, yet a recession in the US could take a toll on Europe.

On April 1st, 2008 the Friedrich Ebert Foundation hosted members of the German Parliament as well as the German Metal Workers Union. MPs Ludwig Stiegler and Joachim Poß, of the Industry and Technology Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee, as well as Berthold Huber, President of the German Metal Workers Union (IG Metall), engaged US policy makers Hon. Melissa L. Bean and Hon. Brad Miller, as well as experts in a discussion on the current and future economic relationship between Germany and the US.

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March 4th, 2008 | Washington, DC
Discussion

Innovation for the Future
Climate Policy in the United States and Germany

A discussion in cooperation with the American Institute for Contemporary German Studie. With State Secretary Michael Müller (german Federal Ministry for the Environment).

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February 25 - 26, 2008 | Ottawa, Canada
Workshop

Creating Democratic Value:
Evaluating Efforts to Promote Democracy Abroad

A workshop in cooperation with The Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario/Canada).

Almut Wieland-Karimi Matthias Höpfner Dinner with Omar Samad

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January 31, 2008 | Washington, DC

Representatives of Faith in Germany and the United States
Transatlantic Dialogue on Religious Groups in Political Life

A public discussion with:
Michael Cromartie, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedomand Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center
Mark Rozell, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
Karsten Voigt, Coordinator for German-American Cooperation, German Foreign Office

From left: Prof. Mark. Rozel, Almut Wieland-Karimi, Michael Cromartie, Karsten Voigt Almut Wieland-Karimi and Michael Cromartie Q&A: Michael Haltzel, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University

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