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Archive: Selected Events 2008

The U.S. Embassy Election Series

After the Conventions: The Race to the White House

The panel September 9, 2008. Capitalizing on extremely high interest in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin presented a panel discussion on September 9, featuring several prominent U.S. and German speakers. Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Dr. Helena Kane Finn opened the program, which was moderated by Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, Director of the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund. Dr. Christoph von Marschall, senior Washington correspondent at Berlin’s largest daily, Der Tagesspiegel, lent a unique Washington-based German perspective to the panel, joining Dr. Alexander Lennon, Editor in Chief of the Washington Quarterly, and Dr. Adam Posen, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow at the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics. The event was co-organized with the German Marshall Fund, and took place at the Federal State Representation of Rhineland-Palatinate.

A standing-room-only audience of nearly 150 invited guests intently followed both the speakers’ presentations and the lively discussion which followed. Journalists, academics, students, parliamentarians, and staffers listened with great interest to the analysis of the two candidates and their positions, particularly as presented during the two party conventions.

This program was the latest in a nationwide series of programs designed to provide German audiences with more information about the upcoming election, which are being more closely followed in German press and public opinion than any foreign election in recent decades. This series, which began last January, will run through January 2009. Photo Gallery »


A joint program of the U.S. Embassy and The German Marshall Fund of the United States in cooperation with the The Federal State Representation of Rhineland-Palatinate


  • Dr. Alexander Lennon, Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Quarterly, CSIS
  • Dr. Christoph von Marschall, U.S. correspondent of Der Tagesspiegel
  • Dr. Adam S. Posen, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Reception following.

Date: September 9, 2008, 18:00

Vertretung des Landes Rheinland Pfalz beim Bund und der Europäischen Union
In den Ministergärten 6
10117 Berlin

Please r.s.v.p to: by September 5, 2008


Dr. Alexander Lennon Dr. Alexander Lennon is the editor-in-chief of Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) flagship journal, The Washington Quarterly and a fellow in the CSIS International Security Program. His work focuses on the grand strategy and foreign and security policies of the contemporary major powers—the United States, China, Europe, India, Japan, and Russia—as well as nuclear proliferation prevention strategy. He previously served at the U.S. Department of State, focusing on Middle Eastern affairs. Lennon is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. He is also an adjunct professor in security studies at Georgetown University. Lennon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University and an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University.

Dr. Christoph von Marschall Dr. Christoph von Marschall has been lead opinion editor at Der Tagesspiegel since 1995. He is presently working as a US Correspondent in Washington. He also worked at the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich as a correspondent in Hungary from 1989 to 1990. He studied East European History and Political Science in Freiburg, Mainz, and Krakau, and obtained his doctorate in 1988. He was awarded a Kellen Fellowship in 1999 that enabled him to spend one month each working at The New Republic and The Wisconsin State Journal. In 2002, he received the German-American Commentary Award of the Foreign Office for a commentary post related to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. His 2007 book about the presidential candidate Barack Obama received much attention.

Dr. Christoph von Marshall and Dr. Adam S. Posen Dr. Adam S. Posen is Deputy Director and Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on macroeconomic policy in the industrial democracies, G3 economic relations, and central banking issues. Dr. Posen has been a consultant to the IMF and to several US government agencies, and a visiting scholar at central banks worldwide. From 1994-1997, he was an economist in international research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Okun Memorial Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution from 1993-1994.. Dr. Posen was a Bosch Foundation Fellow in Germany in 1992-1993, and worked for the Bundesbank in Frankfurt and for Deutsche Bank Berlin. Dr. Posen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a research associate of the Center for the Japanese Economy and Business of Columbia University, a fellow of the CESifo Research Network, and has been a Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin (2001). Dr. Posen holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Dr. Constanze StelzenmuellerDr. Constanze Stelzenmüller has been the director of GMF’s Berlin office since July 1st, 2005. She was formerly defense and international security editor at the German weekly DIE ZEIT, where, from 1998 onward, she covered a broad spectrum of issues, including NATO, European defense and security policy, military intervention in Kosovo and Afghanistan, the war on terror, and U.S.- German relations. She joined DIE ZEIT in 1994 to write about human rights, refugee crises, and the UN. Dr. Stelzenmüller holds a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn, as well as a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.