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A Decisive Moment

U.S. Elections and Its Implications for Transatlantic Relations

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2020 - A Year Like No Other

How the Pandemic impacts the News Media

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Lessons Learned

How to Reinvigorate and Further Strengthen the Transatlantic Partnership?

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Informed and Resilient

How to Protect Democratic Societies in Times of COVID-19 and Digital Change

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The U.S. Elections in November explained

Principles and Rules of the Electoral Process

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The Rise of the Millennial and Minority Vote

The U.S. Electorate in 2020

Expert conference

canceled

Adenauer 101: Europe's Next Chapter

Meeting of KAS Scholarship Holders

KAS USA will again participate in the European Student Conference (ESC) 2020, the annual meeting of KAS scholarship holders studying in the USA and participating in the conference.

Study and Information Program

canceled

Quality Reporting in the Era of Fake News and Disinformation

RTL School of Journalism Students visit Washington

The Cologne based RTL School of Journalism will visit Washington from March 24th to 27th for meetings organized by KAS USA with US-Think Tank experts, thought leaders and media correspondents.

Study and Information Program

Kandidaten, politische Programme und ihre Kommunikation

Die US-Vorwahlkämpfe in South Carolina und Texas

Bei einer Reihe von Gesprächen mit amerikanischen Bundes- und Landespolitikern, mit Managern und Freiwilligen der Wahlkampagnen von Demokraten und Republikanern haben sich die Teilnehmer des vom KAS-Büro USA organisierten Besuchsprogramms über die aktuellen politischen Trends und ihre Verankerung in den politischen Botschaften und Programmen vertraut gemacht.

Study and Information Program

Trends, Topics and Communication

A visit to the primaries in South Carolina and Texas

Trends and new developments in societies are discussed especially during election campaign cycles. The presidential and congressional primaries to the US-elections in November provide a very good opportunity to see which issues are brought to the fore by the public and politicians, and what solutions are offered for future challenges

State of the Union 2007

President Bush Faces a New Congress

The panel discussion organized by the Brookings Institution analyzed the President’s State of the Union Address, which he had delivered the previous day. Various experts of the Brookings Institution discussed and evaluated the President’s statements. Of most interest were the topics foreign policy, energy, global warming, health care and immigration. (Summary in German)

Burundi at Peace: What does it mean?

The Great Lakes Policy Forum, a coalition of governmental, nongovernmental and multilateral organizations, discussed the current situation in the state of Burundi. The intention was to inform about the developments in the country since the peace agreement was reached. (Summary in German)

Expanding the Eastern Frontier

Bulgaria, Romania and the EU

The event of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars informed the participants about the new member states of the European Union - Bulgaria and Romania – and the implications for both the two countries and the European Union. In their lectures, Margarita Assenova and Dr. Vladimir Tismaneanu concentrated on the situation in their respective countries, while Dr. Esther Brimmer discussed the future development of the European Union as a whole. (Summary in German)

The Rise of the Shiites

Implications for the Middle East

In his lecture, Yitzhak Nakash, Middle East expert at the Brandeis University and author of the book "Reaching for Power: The Shi`a in the Modern Arab World", discussed the changing position of the Shiites in the Middle East. He focused especially on the situation in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. (Summary in German)

U.S. Policy toward Iraq under Scrutiny

White House under Pressure

In a recently published study, Dr. Flynt Leverett, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and former insider of the Bush administration in the NSC, CIA and State Department, promotes a comprehensive engagement of the United States with Iran. The criticism of the “Republican dissident” of the White House stirred a controversy in Washington. (Summary in German)

New Way Forward in Iraq

Immediately following its announcement, President Bush’s new strategy in Iraq encountered wide-ranging rejection and skeptical reactions in his own country. A prestigious Democratic think tank hosted a panel discussion with renowned foreign policy experts to present a first analysis of the new Iraq policy, particularly of its echo among the Democrats in Congress.(Summary of event in German)

Turning Point in Iraq: U.S. Senators Call for Troop Surge

On the eve of President Bush’s much anticipated announcement of his new policy on the war in Iraq and one day after the convening of the newly elected Congress, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the leading conservative think tanks in Washington, hosted a podium discussion on the future progress of the United States in Iraq. Two of the most influential Members of Congress, Senator John McCain, in line for his party’s nomination as the Republican presidential candidate, and Senator Joseph Lieberman, former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, shared their assessments of America’s future Iraq policy after their return from a recent trip to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel.(Attached summary is in German.)

U.S. Iraq Policy in the Balance

ISG Report - "Bush's last chance for success"

Barely a week after the release fo the ISG report, most Americans believe that the United States is losing the war in Iraq and support the main elements of the Baker-Hamilton Commission for a new strategy in Iraq, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. Politically, however, the commission’s report remains a political orphan with little support from the Bush administration and Congress.(Attached summary is in German.)

Diplomacy and Security: Perspectives on the Future Direction of U.S. Foreign Policy

The Bush administration and the newly elected Democratic congressional leadership have pledged civility and bipartisanship in a new political landscape in which they must tackle difficult foreign policy issues. On December 6, 2006, the day of the release of the Iraq Study Group report, the Brookings Institution hosted a panel discussion with foreign policy experts to examine the causes and consequences of past foreign policy failures and successes, and offer alternatives to current national security policy.(Summary in German)

Iraq at the crossroads

An outlook by Senator Jack Reed

On the eve of the congressional midterm elections, one of the most well-regarded and best informed policymakers in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Democratic Senator Jack Reed, shared his perspectives on an issue that many consider to be critical, if not decisive: the current situation in Iraq... (Attached document is in German)