What is Your Message Mr. Ambassador? Transatlantic Relations in Uncertain Times: Can Germany Lead in Europe without Dominating? 

Former Ambassador from the United States of America to the Bundesrepublik Deutschland Prof. Dr. James D. Bindenagel

Event Date: 11 September 2019. 19:00 Hours (dinner)

Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 43, Frankfurt am Main

Cost: AGBC Members: €35 Prospective members €40

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A perfect storm of combined challenges of growing multipolarity, rising unilateralism, and global threats is changing rapidly the world order that has been in place for decades. This unraveling of world order makes leadership from the transatlantic allies who shaped this order all the more necessary.  While the Spring 2018 Pew Global Attitudes Study showed 63 percent worldwide and fifty-eight percent of Germans still “think it would be better for the world to have the U.S. as the leading power,” America is stepping down from its leadership role in global affairs. Competition to fill the leadership vacuum has begun with a rising China and nationalist Russia taking the initiative.

Europe and especially Germany need to take on more responsibility and to step up to defend and help-reshape world order to sustain Western values. French President Emmanuel Macron has presented a vision to reform the European Union and to prepare it for international leadership. However, Germany, the economic powerhouse in the middle of the continent, remains reluctant to take a leading role. It continues to react with crisis management, lacking strategy and vision. This reluctance results in halting steps towards reform of the EU, including in security issues such as PESCO and a European intervention force as well as in Eurozone economic structures that would strengthen the union on the international stage.


In addition, Prof. Bindenagel will address relations with Iran, the concept of Automobile Tariffs and will promote strategic foresight.


With nearly 45 years of professional experience since 2014 J.D. Bindenagel has been the Henry Kissinger professor and the Director of the Center for International Security and Governance of the University of Bonn.  Prior thereto, he was Vice-President for Community, Government, and International Affairs at De Paul University in Chicago from 2005 until 2013 and Vice-President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs from 2003 until 2005.  In addition, in 2002 and 2003 he was a special negotiator for Conflict Diamonds, united States Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues from 1999 to 2002, senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund from 1997 to 1998 and the Chargé d´affairs from 1996 to 1997 at the US Embassy-Berlin and from 1994-1996, Deputy Chief of Mission in Berlin.


Ambassador Bindenagel has held multiple positions at the US Department of State, including Deputy Chief of mission to the Democratic Republic of Germany, director of the Office of Central European Affairs


Bindenagel received a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He achieved the rank of Captain in the US Army Reserve.  He is a member of Council of Foreign Relations, The American Council on Germany, on the Board of Directors of the German-American Chamber of Commerce, the Defiant Requiem Foundation, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, the Frauenkirche Dresden Foundation, and the Global Philanthropy Partnership.