On the occasion of the 2012 US Presidential Election, the American Academy in Berlin teamed up with Google to host two prominent Google+ Hangout session discussions in the lounge at the Deutsche Telekom Hauptstadtrepräsentanz, which hosted the largest party in Germany on the occassion of the 2012 United States Presidential Election, joined by Ambassador Philip D. Murphy.
The American Academy / Google+ Hangouts, moderated by ZDF Haupstadtkorrspondent Thomas Reichart and introduced by the Academy's Dean of Programs, Pamela Rosenberg, took place in front a packed audience of representatives from Berlin's political, media, and cultural worlds. The first discussion, at 10pm, took place between Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert, who spoke with foreign policy analyst and Die Zeit publisher Josef Joffe, in Hamburg. Immediately afterwards, former German ambassador to the United States and current Munich Security Council chairman Wolfgang Ischinger spoke with the president of the Brookings Institution, Strobe Talbott, in Washington, DC. Both teams of discussants addressed the foreign policy ramifications of the election outcome, the relationship between Europe and the United State subsequent the election contingencies, and the bilateral work between the US and Europe when addressing China, Russia, the broader Middle East, and Iran, among other topics of mutual -- and increasingly worrisome -- concern. ZDF, Germany’s preeminent public television broadcaster, which also has the largest Google+ community in Germany, broadcast the events over their Google+ account, and both events can still be viewed on ZDF's YouTube channel.
The American Academy in Berlin was associated with both this Google+ event at the Hauptstadtrepräsentant Deutsche Telekom, where the Academy joined other Berlin-based partner transatlantic instutions -- the German Marshall Fund, the United States Embassy, the Amerian-German Chamber of Commerce -- as well as with a party at the Bertelsmann Repräsentanz, along with its partners CNN, and n-tv, which broadcast live from the throughout the evening and tracked the latest electoral developments, accompanied by live discussions and roundtables, always with an emphasis upon German-American relations for international politics.
The American Academy in Berlin joins with its partnering institutions in congratulating President Barack Obama on his re-election to the presidency.