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Selected Events QIV 2008

  • Chargé Koenig Delievers Keynote Address to Robert Bosch Fellows
    Chargé Koenig Delievers Keynote Address to Robert Bosch Fellows

    The Robert Bosch Foundation hosted a reception on September 18 at the German Society for Foreign Policy (DGAP) in Berlin honoring the new Bosch Fellows for 2008. This year’s twenty Bosch Fellows bring outstanding academic and professional credentials from fields as diverse as finance, law and environmental management. 

  • U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker on Pakistan, and the Russia/Georgia Conflict
    U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker on Pakistan, and the Russia/Georgia Conflict

    September 26, 2008. In a press roundtable at the Embassy, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker outlined current NATO successes, priorities and challenges. He also answered journalists’ questions concerning the situation at the Pakistan border and the situation in the Caucasus. Ambassador Volker discussed the situation in Georgia, and explained the clear distinctions between Russia’s immediate and unilateral recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the UN-sanctioned process which led to international recognition of Kosovo. Volker called on Russia to be a “responsible” member of the world community, and emphasized the importance of cooperating with Russia where possible, but added that the U.S., NATO and the EU should not tolerate the 19th Century concept of a Russian “sphere of influence” where it would be allowed to redraw the international boundaries of its neighbors and interfere with the ability of sovereign states to determine their own future. Abkhazia and South Ossetia »

  • Teacher Academy in Potsdam: Preparing for the Lincoln Bicentennial
    Teacher Academy in Potsdam: Preparing for the Lincoln Bicentennial

    October 2–5, 2008. 45 teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum planners and textbook editors from 15 German states met to discuss “Lincoln’s Legacy: Nation Building, Democracy and the Question of Race and Civil Rights” at the Teacher Academy 2008 in Potsdam. The Teacher Academy is a program established by the U.S. Embassy in 2003. This year, it was cosponsored by Jena University and the Center for USA Studies at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. Now in its fifth year, the Teacher Academy offers a unique national platform to bring together multipliers across state lines focusing on central themes in American Studies. It serves as a model of teacher training in that it bridges the gap between University-based research and practical work in the EFL classroom. For three-and-a half days, expert faculty from the U.S. and Germany approached the topic from interdisciplinary angles covering historical, literary and cultural aspects of Lincoln’s legacy. Workshops explored the applicability of the materials in the classroom and gained new insights into up-to-date research in the field. More »

  • AmCham Transatlantic Partnership Award for Jürgen Weber
    AmCham Transatlantic Partnership Award for Jürgen Weber

    October 10, 2008. The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany awarded Dr. Jürgen Weber, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the AmCham Transatlantic Partnership Award for his dedication to advancing German-U.S. trade and promoting Germany as a business location. 

  • Frankfurt Book Fair opens in Berlin
    Frankfurt Book Fair opens in Berlin

    October 14, 2008. Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Dr. Helena Kane Finn opened the Embassy Book Fair program at the state of Hesse representation in Berlin featuring a reading by writers Güneli Gün and Maureen Freely. 

  • U.S. Expert Advances Transatlantic Environmental Dialogue
    U.S. Expert Advances Transatlantic Environmental Dialogue

    October 14, 2008. Dr. Michael K. Orbach, Professor of the Practice of Marine Affairs and Policy at Duke University, spoke on Tuesday about “Climate Change and Coastal Zone Management” at Ecologic, a German environmental think tank. 

  • New Roles for Librarians in the 21st Century: Hollywood Librarians, New Librarians, Vanishing Librarians

    November 7, 2008- Election 2008 is over. Librarians in the United States did much more than point users to resources. They played a leadership role in guaranteeing that all local voices were heard, informing the public on election procedures, reform proposals, and candidates’ backgrounds and positions through voter registration training sessions, special programs, displays, and websites. This is one example of the expanded role of libraries in today’s society. Meet John and Louise Berry at the new U.S. Embassy in Berlin to discuss the role of libraries and librarians in the 21st century.  More »

  • U.S. Presidential Election 2008: Berlin Announces Results
    U.S. Presidential Election 2008: Berlin Announces Results

    November 4, 2008. Berlin, Germany, has already reported some predictions for the U.S. Presidential elections. These are the result of a month-long Embassy project with schools from Berlin and Brandenburg. 

  • U.S. Embassy Celebrates Presidential Election
    U.S. Embassy Celebrates Presidential Election

    On the night of November 4-5, Germany watched closely as Americans went to the polls to elect a new president. The U.S. Embassy took part in the celebrations, co-sponsoring two large events in Berlin. Full Story »

  • After the Vote. Prospects for America and the World

    Keynote by Bill Drozdiak, Friday, November 21 – Saturday, November 22, 2008 at the Rhineland Palatinate Representation »

  • German-American Partnership: Benchmarking Success
    German-American Partnership: Benchmarking Success

    November 12, 2008. “The bilateral relationship between the United States and Germany is now stronger, more mature and more balanced than it has ever been before,” said U.S. Ambassador William R. Timken, Jr. during an event at the Confederation of German Industry (BDI) in Berlin.  

  • US-EU Partnership Highlighted
    US-EU Partnership Highlighted

    November 20, 2008. Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Helena Kane Finn opened the embassy's first joint US/EU lecture/discussion program "After the Vote: New Perspectives for the Transatlantic Partnership" held November 20 at the EU Commission representation in Berlin. She and Dietlind Jering, the EU Commission representative in Berlin, welcomed over 200 guests to a roundtable discussion with Dr. William Drozdiak, the President of the New York based American Council on Germany, Valentin Gescher, the General Director for Foreign Policy at the European Commission in Brussels, and Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. The panelists spoke on the future of the US-EU relationship under the new administration of President elect Obama. While recognizing economic and political challenges ahead, the speakers assured the audience that the US-EU partnership will be as important to the new President elect Obama as it has been to past presidents. Only a strong and comprehensive US-EU relationship will ensure that the present global economic and financial crisis will be solved as smoothly as possible on the global level. A lively discussion on the challenges and opportunities laying ahead of the new administration concluded the program. The audience was particularly happy to hear that one of the first tasks to be taken on by the new administration will most certainly be climate change, an issue that in the past had often divided the transatlantic partners. Photo Gallery »

  • “The Global Marketplace 2020: Where will Germany be?”

    December 2, 2008. At the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft Johns Hopkins Professor Daniel S. Hamilton presented his new study which explains globalization’s effect on Germany and its key stakeholders. Program (pdf) »

  • Ambassador's wife Sue Timken receives German Order of Merit
    Ambassador's wife Sue Timken receives German Order of Merit

    November 21, 2008. Sue Timken, wife of Ambassador Timken, has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, in appreciation of her social and philanthropic work within Germany. Mrs. Timken is being recognized for her efforts at reaching out to Germany’s immigrant youth and Muslim communities. 

  • U.N. Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte Briefs Journalists on Iran and Syria
    U.N. Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte Briefs Journalists on Iran and Syria

    November 24, 2008. During his visit to Berlin, Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte, Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations in Vienna, briefed German and American reporters on the latest IAEA report on Iran and Syria. Media participants included ARD and Reuters Television, as well as leading German print journalists. Ambassador Schulte said that Iran continues to produce and stockpile low-grade enriched uranium, which cannot be used for power production and which violates Security Council resolutions. “It is a relatively small step from low enriched uranium to weaponization.” In addition, Iran continues to refuse to fully explain its prior activities with the IAEA. 

  • DCM Koenig Speaks At Fulbright Commission's Thanksgiving Dinner
    DCM Koenig Speaks At Fulbright Commission's Thanksgiving Dinner

    November 25, 2008. DCM John Koenig gave the keynote address at a Thanksgiving dinner and concert hosted by the German Fulbright Commission at the historic Harnack Haus in Berlin. Approximately 200 guests were in attendance, including Fulbright grantees and alumni, and special guests from Berlin and Brandenburg. In his speech, DCM Koenig commended the work of the Fulbright Commission and its contributions to the bilateral relationship, spoke of the recent U.S. elections and the challenges facing the new administration, and reiterated the importance of fostering partnerships and cooperation. Following remarks by Mr. Koenig, Dr. Rolf Hoffman, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission, Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco, Dean of International Affairs of the Freie Universität Berlin, and Dr. Berthold Neizert, Head of the International Relations Division of the Max Planck Society, Munich, the group presented award certificates to 35 students who participated in Fulbright’s diversity summer school program in the U.S. this year. A traditional Thanksgiving buffet followed. Koenig's speech in full »

  • Ambassador Timken Serves Thanksgiving Dinner to the Homeless at the Berliner Stadtmission
    Ambassador Timken Serves Thanksgiving Dinner to the Homeless at the Berliner Stadtmission

    November 27, 2008. For the fourth and last time during their time in Germany, Ambassador Timken and his wife Sue, along with employees of the U.S. Embassy and the Ambassador’s residence, served a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless at the shelter at the Berlin train station. 

  • Chargé d'Affaires John M. Koenig opens exhibition at Free University Berlin
    Chargé d'Affaires John M. Koenig opens exhibition at Free University Berlin

    December 9, 2008. Chargé d’Affaires John M. Koenig delivered remarks at the opening of the exhibition “Evolution of a Friendship” in the Henry Ford Building of the Free University Berlin. 

  • Minister-Counselor Helena Kane Finn lights the Christmas Tree at Checkpoint Charlie
    Minister-Counselor Helena Kane Finn lights the Christmas Tree at Checkpoint Charlie

    December 5, 2008. Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Dr. Helena Kane Finn lit the Christmas tree at the Mauermuseum, following a long tradition in which every year a representative from the U.S. Embassy performs this ceremony at the former sector checkpoint. 

  • Making reading fun @ your library!
    Making reading fun @ your library!

    December 11, 2008. Following what has become an annual joint tradition with the America Memorial Library branch of the Central and Regional Library Berlin, Natalie Koenig, spouse of Chargé d’Affaires John Koenig, joined youth librarian Karen Groening in a bilingual reading from selected award-winning youth books. 

  • U.S. Veterans to Berlin Visit the New Embassy
    U.S. Veterans to Berlin Visit the New Embassy

    December 12, 2008. Eight U.S. veterans and their spouses visited the new Embassy on Pariser Platz as part of the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation's Welcome Home Tours for members of the U.S. military who served in Berlin. Collectively, the group witnessed some of the most important episodes in the history of the post-war German-American relationship - starting at the end of WWII, through the Airlift, the start of the Cold War, the standoff at Checkpoint Charlie when the Wall went up until it finally came down in 1989. Chargé d'Affaires John M. Koenig and Cultural Attaché Peter Claussen, both of whom served at the U.S. Embassy in East Berlin in the 1980s, spoke with the group about the enormous changes that have taken place in the transatlantic partnership thanks to their commitment. The veterans also received briefings at the Bundestag and the Berlin State Parliament. In addition, visits to local schools were scheduled to give the veterans an opportunity to share their experiences with young Berliners. 

  • Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer Briefs Berlin Journalists
    Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer Briefs Berlin Journalists

    December 15, 2008. Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer participated in a rare briefing for journalists organized by the U.S. Embassy. Justice Breyer discussed the role of the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of constitutional disputes in the U.S., and provided an overview of the four decisions the Court has reached regarding the habeas corpus and due process rights of detainees in Guantanámo Bay. Justice Breyer emphasized to the journalists that, unlike some European constitutional courts which can issue advisory opinions to guide decisions makers in the executive and legislative branches, the U.S. Supreme Court cannot "reach down" and rule on important constitutional questions of the day. He explained that the Court can only rule on cases that come to it after the action giving rise to the lawsuit has taken place: "This takes time, but it is an important part of the checks and balances inherent in our form of constitutional democracy." Justice Breyer is in Berlin as a guest of the American Academy in Berlin, and is the recipient of the inaugural Lloyd Cutler Distinguished Visitorship, which has been established by the Academy to bring leading American legal scholars, practitioners and judges to Berlin to discuss the important legal issues of the day. Photo Gallery »

  • Afghan Governors on NATO Tour
    Afghan Governors on NATO Tour

    December 18, 2008. Afghan Governors Mohammad Halim Fedai (Wardak) and Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi (Kunar) visited Berlin as part of a vist to European capitals beginning in Brussels, Paris and ending on December 20 in Munich. While in Berlin the Governors met with government officials and members of parliament, who were interested in learning about the current state of affairs in their respective provinces. In a press conference at the Adlon Hotel, the Governors thanked the German people for their ongoing support for Afghanistan, and emphasized the importance of maintaining German troops to provide security. "Both governance and development need ground-but who prepares the ground to make that possible? Troops and police." In response to a question about President-Elect Obama deciding to send more troops to Afghanistan, Governor Wahidi said: "He didn't decide to send them--we asked for them." Governor Fedai underscored that poverty was an ongoing cause of unrest and instability, but said that many districts in Afghanistan needed more troops and police to create a secure environment in which development can occur. Governor Wahidi described the challenges of sharing a 240-kilometer border with Pakistan, but maintained that the government controlled all the district centers in Kunar province, even though the U.S. military and ANA are fired at almost daily by infiltrators from the Pakistani side. The Governor asked for increased help in guarding the border, at the same time that he acknowledged that such a task would be extremely challenging. He added that Afghans accept the Durand line "for now", but emphasized the close familial relations between tribes that straddle both sides of the border make a formal division difficult to enforce. Photo Gallery »