World Affairs

Berlin Transatlantic Forum and Aspen Gala 2019

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Date
Wed Nov 6, 2019
Location
Berlin, Germany
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On November 6, 2019, the Aspen Institute Germany will host its sixth annual Berlin Forum entitled “Fit for Purpose? The Transatlantic Relationship and the World of Tomorrow.” Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this conference will take stock of the transatlantic relationship and discuss lessons learned for the future. One-on-one conversations with Madeleine Albright and Robert Zoellick will offer a retrospect in the 1989’s historic events. It will also feature TED-style pitches on the future of Atlanticism with a diverse group of stakeholders from Europe, the United States and China. Finally, the conference will grapple with the role of new tech in national security and Europe’s continuous challenge to build cohesion for West and East. Following the conference, the 2019 Shepard Stone Award will be presented to Dr. Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the UN, and Robert Zoellick, former President of the World Bank and US Chief Negotiator during the Two-Plus-Four Negotiations, during the Aspen Gala. The award recognizes outstanding transatlantic leadership and achievements in politics, culture, society, and science that reflect and promote the shared values of the United States and Germany. Dr. Madeleine Albright and Robert Zoellick have dedicated their lives to promoting a free society, democratic values and transatlantic partnership. The tradition was introduced in 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of Aspen Germany and to commemorate the exceptional achievements of Shepard Stone, founder and first Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany. Previous recipients of the Shepard Stone Award are Wolf Biermann, Dr. Guido Goldman, Leonard Lauder and Dr. Mathias Döpfner.