Event Detail

Inauguration Day Conference

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 drawing from a core pillar of his campaign as a cue to bring the country together.
To conclude our Road to Election Night & Beyond, leading representatives of the transatlantic community will come together in Berlin, in order to help you make sense of the inaugural process and its implications across the Atlantic.
Join us for this timely virtual discussion and listen in as the most important transatlantic institutions and political foundations voice their expectations regarding the Biden-Harris administration and the future of the Euro-American bond.

"Inauguration Day in America: Linking Washington and Berlin"
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
4:40 - 8:00 p.m. (CET)

Framing a screening of the inaugural address, two panel discussions will be streamed live and feature the following speakers:

John B. Emerson Chairman,
American Council on Germany Ambassador of the United States to Germany (2013-17)

Daniel Benjamin
President, American Academy in Berlin
Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State (2009-12)

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

Martin-Sebastian Abel
Board Member, Freundeskreis AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.
Director, MSL Germany

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mareike Ohlberg
Senior Fellow, Asia Program,
German Marshall Fund of the United States Markus Ferber Chairman, Hanns Seidel Foundation
Member of the European Parliament (CSU)

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

The discussion will be moderated

by Terry Martin
Senior Anchor for Deutsche Welle News

On the day of the event, join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #R2EN for a chance of your question being featured in the panel discussion.
This special format is part of the transatlantic virtual event series Road to Election Night & Beyond #R2EN, which is organized and hosted by several transatlantic institutions and political foundations.
More information on the virtual series can be found at www.landing.berlin-election-night.de.
Please note: This discussion will be on the record and posted afterward in its entirety on YouTube.