Expert Group on the United States

Beyond the elections: Long-term trends in US domestic and foreign policy

The political and public debates in Germany about the United States are often characterised by current political events and short-term assessments of the sitting US president and his policies. The most recent example is Trump's management of the COVID-19 crisis. In other issue areas as well, the president's tweets and deeds have become the subject of public debate. In addition, the election campaign and the upcoming congressional and presidential elections in November of this year are also in the spotlight.

For Germany and other EU countries, however, no less important are the structural and long-term developments. For which long-term changes is the Trump presidency a symptom or a cause? Which trends are likely to survive the outcome of the next election(s)? What could be the economic, social, and political consequences of the Corona crisis for the United States in the long run? What does this mean for the transatlantic relationship, and thus for German and European policies?

These are the questions addressed by the Expert Group on the United States, which was set up by the Americas Research Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in spring 2020. Its members include 20 experts from various institutes and organisations – think tanks, universities, the Federal Foreign Office, the German Bundestag, and the business community. The results of the expert group are to be published as a research paper in early 2021 and discussed with other representatives from German politics.

Project Lead and Contact person:

Dr. Marco Overhaus, Researcher SWP Americas Research Division

Darwin Veser, student assistant

External facilitator:

Dr. Johannes Gabriel, Managing Director Foresight Intelligence

Members of the expert group:

  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Florian Böller, Assistant Professor, US Foreign Policy & Transatlantic Relations, Department of Social Sciences, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

  • Dr. Laura von Daniels, Head of Research Division, Research Division The Americas, German Institute of International and Security Affairs (SWP)

  • Sudha David-Wilp, Deputy Director Berlin Office, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

  • Dr. Susanne Dröge, Senior Fellow, Research Division Global Issues, German Institute of International and Security Affairs (SWP)

  • Dr. Gerlinde Groitl, Assistant Professor, Chair of International and Transatlantic Relations, University of Regensburg

  • Iskandar Jahja, Chief of Staff , Transatlantic Coordinator, Federal Foreign Office (AA)

  • Teyfik Karakücükoğlu, Head of Office of MdB Omid Nouripour, Alliance ´90/The Greens parliamentary group, German Parliament

  • Dr. Holger Klitzing, Planning staff, Federal Foreign Office

  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Curd Knüpfer, Assistant Professor, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Lammert, Professor of North American Politics and Policy, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin

  • Dr. Sascha Lohmann, Associate, Research Division The Americas, German Institute of International and Security Affairs (SWP)

  • Jill Meiburg, Head of Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand Management, GEA Group AG (from November 1, 2020)

  • Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of Department External Economic Policy, BDI e.V.

  • Dr. Marco Overhaus, Senior Associate, Research Division The Americas, German Institute of International and Security Affairs (SWP)

  • Clark Parsons, Managing Director, Internet Economy Foundation

  • Susanne Riegraf, Head of Division 200: USA, Canada, Federal Foreign Office (AA)

  • Dr. Peter Rudolf, Senior Fellow, Research Division The Americas, German Institute of International and Security Affairs (SWP)

  • Dr. Claudia Schmucker, Head of Globalization and World Economy Program, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

  • Dr. David Sirakov, Director, Atlantic Academy Rheinland-Pfalz

  • Henning Speck, Foreign Policy Officer, CDU/CSU parliamentary group, German Parliament

  • Dr. Johannes Thimm, Senior Fellow, Research Division The Americas, German Institute of International and Security Affairs (SWP)

  • Prof. Lora Anne Viola Ph.D., Professor for North American Foreign Policy, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin

Funding Information

The project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

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