A Symposium Hosted by the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute (Bonn, Germany) and Wartburg College (Waverly, IA)
From recent headlines, which focus on the country’s tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports and withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and Iran nuclear deal, it appears that the United States and its close allies, including Germany, are approaching a new low point. However, this is not the only way to view the connections between Germany and the United States, for these headlines only cover a piece of a long, rich, complex, and varied story.
This new symposium seeks to continue the conversation started in March 2018 at the joint Gustav Stresemann Institute and Wartburg College symposium, From Rebels to Democrats – A New Look at an Old Relationship. German-American Relations from 1848 to the Present, in Berlin, Germany. The focus of the one-day symposium was German-American relations from 1848 until today and the future of the transatlantic relationship, primarily from the German perspective. In Waverly, we will expand our understanding of German-U.S. relations by examining additional pasts, presents, and futures with an emphasis on historical, political, economic, cultural, journalistic, and personal perspectives. Precisely because of today’s headlines and the challenges both countries face as they move into the future, an exploration of the multifaceted nature of U.S.-German relations is essential.