The North America Regional Office in Washington, D.C. is composed of two pillar programs. The Transatlantic Dialogue Program fosters political dialogue among political, business, scientific and cultural multipliers from the US, Canada and Germany and develops innovative liberal approaches and solutions to transatlantic issues. The World Order and Globalization Hub fosters dialogue among political, business and scientific multipliers by encouraging increased mutual understanding within the global economic landscape. Both initiatives seek to facilitate a transfer of knowledge among experts in order to make a worldwide contribution to social and economic progress.
“Defining a New Global Economy: World Order and Globalization Hub Alumni Conference”
The World Order and Globalization Hub hosted an alumni conference for past study tour participants virtually on December 15 and 16, 2021. The conference featured a variety of past study tour participants from both recent and older tours, who all hailed from geographically diverse locations. This contributed to productive conversations regarding the Hub’s future 2022 topics, as well as the future of the digital economy.
“An Evolving Global Economic Order: The Future of the Bretton Woods Institutions”
The World Order and Globalization Hub welcomed a delegation of eleven trade experts in November for a seven-day study tour focused on the future of the Bretton Woods institutions. During the week, the delegation held 13 different meetings with over 15 experts in the fields of international trade and global financial institutions.
Comeback postponed - The USA at the WTO
President Biden wanted to use the 12th Ministerial Conference of the WTO to signal the US comeback one of the guarantors of the global trading system and show American willingness to increase cooperation on global trade issues. However, because of the spread of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron the meeting has been postponed indefinitely. This comes at a time when the WTO faces immense challenges from countless different angles.
"The Current State of Transatlantic Relations: An Assessment"
The Transatlantic Dialogue Program of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation North America held its annual conference on the “Current State of Transatlantic Relations: An Assessment” in Warrenton, Virginia from November 4 – 7, 2021. The conference brought together political professionals working in diverse sectors across the United States, Canada, and Germany to discuss issues and contemplate policies at the forefront of the transatlantic discourse.
“Flexible Work, Rigid Systems: The Rise of the Gig Economy”
The World Order and Globalization Hub welcomed a delegation of seven international experts on the gig economy to Washington, DC and Boston, MA. The goal of the study tour was to foster a more global understanding on the gig economy, namely the type of jobs it includes, who participates in gig work, and the opportunities provided by the sharing economy to promote flexibility while still maintaining equitable working conditions.
"Campaigning in Germany: The Federal Election of 2021"
On the occasion of the German Federal Election of 2021, the Regional Office North America of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation brought a bi-partisan delegation of 12 U.S.-American campaign experts and political professionals to Berlin for a weeklong study tour.
“Megatrends in the 21st Century: Time to Rethink the Way the West Makes Economic Policy?”
On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation North America, in cooperation with the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, was pleased to host a luncheon discussion with Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy, State of North Rhine-Westphalia.