AGBC Frankfurt e.V.


AGBC Frankfurt e.V.


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12 May 2021


15:00 - 18:00



Panel Discussion: 100 Days of Biden-Harris Administration

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 15:00 hours via ZOOM

The first 100 day of the Biden-Harris Administration ended in late of April 2021.There are significant changes in policies from the prior administration on Climate Change, Immigration, Health matters//Vaccination, Diplomacy, including Iran, Afghanistan, Transatlantic Relationship, Gun Control, Taxes, Stimulus Package, Infrastructure. . .  The list is long and the changes in policy, in many cases, large.

For example, Donald Trump, although successfully implementing „Operation Warp Speed“, seemed not to pursue Vaccinations?  Moreover, Biden has put in place a program to stimulate the economy as a reaction to the Covid 19 problems despite almost universal opposition from the Republicans.  We have rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, are reworking our diplomacy with Iran, announced our Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan, stopped the transfer of US Troops based in Germany...  Biden appears to have difficulty resolving immigration issues, especially with „Children “.

At almost every chance the Republicans are opposing his programs.  Longer term, many Republican States are attempting to restrict access to the polls, are continuing to support „The Big Lie“ about fraudulent Presidential Elections, and may be adopting a stall policy until the 2022 election cycle when, in theory, the 2020 census results will have reapportioned the congress. There is talk about changing the Supreme Court make up.  Is this an emulation of Franklin Roosevelt?  Is this another reset such as happened after the Civil war, the Depression/World War II and the 208/2009 Economic Crisis?

Helping us to better understand such concepts and topics the American-German Business Club-Frankfurt arranged for four prominent panelists to voice their views, answer questions, and give their thoughts on the future.  They are:

  • Dr. Susan Neiman, Director, Einstein Forum
  • Dr. J.D. Bindenagel
  • Jackson Janes
  • Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, Political Columnist, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Susan Neiman is Director of the Einstein Forum. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and the Freie Universität Berlin, and was professor of philosophy at Yale University and Tel Aviv University.

She is the author of Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin, The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant, Evil in Modern Thought, Fremde sehen anders, Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists, Why Grow Up?, Widerstand der Vernunft. Ein Manifest in postfaktischen Zeiten and Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil as well as over one hundred essays.  She is the mother of three grown children and lives in Berlin, Germany.


James Bindenagel is a former U.S. Ambassador and career U.S. diplomat. He is currently Senior Professor and was the founding Henry Kissinger Chair at Bonn University in Germany. He celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network and is noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

With nearly 49 years of professional experience, Mr. Bindenagel has been the Henry Kissinger professor and the director of the Center for International Security and Governance at the University of Bonn, which he founded in 2014.



Jackson Janes is President Emeritus of tue American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington and currently Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the US.  Dr. Janes has been engaged in German American affairs for over forty years in multiple capacities on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a PhD from Claremont Graduate University and was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Germany’s highest civilian award in 2005.





Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger is Foreign Editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Mr. Frankenberger holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science, Economics, and American Studies from Frankfurt University. In 1980, he participated in an exchange program with the University of Mississippi.

From 1982 to 1985 he was a research associate at the Center for North-American Studies at Frankfurt University. Mr. Frankenberger served as Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 to 1986. He was a Marshall Fellow at Harvard University in 1990. He has lectured at several American universities. In 2011, he was a Bosch Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, D.C. Since he joined the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany's leading national daily, in 1986, he served in various capacities, as European, International, and Editorial Page Editor. Mr. Frankenberger is a Member of the Trilateral Commission and of the Scientific Council of the Institute for European Politics in Berlin. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin and is associated with several organizations that deal with the transatlantic relationship.

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