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Europe has high hopes for President-elect Joe Biden. But, what can Europeans realistically expect from a Biden administration? As a minimum, there will be a change in tone, greater civility, and predictability in an increasingly uncertain environment. For many Europeans, Joe Biden is a known quantity. Foreign policy is part of his DNA. He understands how diplomacy functions, knows how to work across ideological lines, and recognizes that security and economic growth are more easily achieved through international collaboration.
Upon taking office, Joe Biden has a long to-do list at home and abroad. He will renew America’s commitment to multilateralism – specifically through NATO and the UN – and he will seek to bring the United States back into the Paris Climate Agreement and the Iranian nuclear deal. However, much of his attention will be focused on bringing together a divided country and addressing the simultaneous public health, economic, and social justice crises.
Join the American Council on Germany and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for a virtual discussion about how the Biden Administration’s domestic agenda might impact its foreign policy priorities – and what Europe can expect from the new government. After welcoming remarks from Paul Linnarz, Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s U.S. office, the following panelists will speak:
Dr. Charles Kupchan, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University
Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and former President of the German Federal Parliament
Robin Wright, Columnist at The New Yorker, Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace
Moderator: Dr. Steven E. Sokol, President of the American Council on Germany