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“Of essential and fundamental matter is the preservation of freedom and peace as the highest goods of humankind, which we share equally as policy objectives in the United States and in Europe.”

- Konrad Adenauer, First Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

On the basis of our common values, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a reliable partner and promoter of German-American friendship, a strong Atlantic partnership and intensive cooperation between the United States and the European Union.

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Washington Office

Hub for the work of international foundations

Washington – as an international political magnet – has always influenced political decision-making worldwide.

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) has been continuously expanding the duties of the office in Washington, first established in 1978. What is new is that along with the traditional foreign and security policy component of the transatlantic activities, a new development policy element has been added. As a result, the work of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Washington Office is now financed by various sources: the German Foreign Ministry and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Along with a director dispatched from Germany – since January 2017 Nico Lange, the team of the local staff members of the KAS office are responsible for the implementation of the extensive program activities of the KAS.

Networking, Service and Know-How-Intermediation

The Washington Office has been able to establish a considerable network of personal contacts to decision makers and leaders from the U.S. administration, Congress, as well as from the numerous international organizations located in Washington (World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, Organization of American States, etc.) and research institutions (universities and think tanks). In addition to providing service and know-how-intermediation in transatlantic issues for our target groups from politics, business and science and technology, the Washington Office acts as an increasingly important intermediary for the sociopolitical partners in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The so-called „Trilateral Conferences“ between representatives from the United States, the European Union, and partners from the developing world have enjoyed great public interest. The main goal of these conferences, all of which are conducted in close coordination with KAS-outposts and the governments of the involved countries, is the further familiarization of these states and their regional intergovernmental organizations with international structures.

Transatlantic Dialogue Program

The involvement of senators and members of the House of Representatives of both parties in the transatlantic dialogue program constitutes another focal point in the work of the Washington Office. Members of Congress have taken part in numerous events held by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Washington. The KAS also serves as a source of information for questions specific to Germany. In addition to members of Congress, the Washington Office also invites staffers on Capitol Hill to a transatlantic exchange of views. A group of high-ranking congressional advisers visits Germany and other European cities under the auspices of a one-week information tour called the “Congressional Staffer Briefing Tour”. In light of the key role the staffers play in the legislative process in Congress, the importance of this dialogue cannot be underestimated due to the direct transfer of information and assessments of the current political developments in Germany and Europe that takes place during the tour.

Forum for Current Debates

The Stiftung in Washington also offers a forum for current debates. Topics like: “Bioethics“, “Transatlantic Market Place“ or “Demographic Developments and Immigration“ are discussed with international participants in the “Transatlantic Conference” series. In this context, KAS-Washington organizes regular luncheon and dinner forums at which experts from the German, American and international scenes speak before hand-picked audiences. This kind of event is especially popular with the numerous national and international correspondents. The Washington Office invites experts from transatlantic politics to present their long-term perspectives on stabilizing and improving European-American relations to an expert audience.

Cooperation with the Jewish Community in the United States

In the past 20 years the Washington Office has been able to build up a close relationship with the Jewish community in the United States, which has been a pioneering achievement in this domain among German foundations. The roundtable discussions, the yearly exchange programs, and the regularly occurring conferences with Jewish organizations in the United States will continue to take a prominent position in the work of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Washington in the future as well. Over the years, a network of personal contacts between Germans and Jewish community in the USA has been established which, through regular meetings, has led to further cooperation and understanding.

In its work with Jewish partner organizations in the United States, like the American Jewish Committee, B'nai B'rith International, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Washington Office seeks to promote an open exchange about present-day perceptions of Germany. Conversely, these programs offer German politicians, journalists, scientists, and business people the opportunity to learn first-hand about the Jewish community and the role it plays in the United States.