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.
“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.
“German Election 2021: Bracing for a Post-Merkel Era”
The election in September 2021 will be Europe’s biggest this year and will mark the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 16-year reign as leader of Germany. MP Michael Link provided our network with a most candid insight into what the political situation in Germany might look like in a post-Merkel era and outlined the issues the Free Democrats would like to see addressed by the new government.
WITA & Friedrich Naumann Foundation Webinar: Transatlantic Dialogue on U.S., EU and Global Trade
With a new U.S. Administration promising to re-set transatlantic and global relations, and Europe in the midst of its own transitions, 2021 will be a year of change in trade and transatlantic relations. On April 13, 2021, the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation held a transatlantic dialogue of U.S., EU and global trade.
Virtual Event: Do We Need a Reset for Transatlantic Relations?
With the election of President Joe Biden in the United States, leaders and policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic grew optimistic that relations between the U.S. and Europe would improve. Yet in the first months of the Biden presidency, disagreements on how to approach trade with China and ongoing concerns about the Nordstream 2 pipeline project cast doubt on how effectively the U.S. and E.U. will be able to work together as partners.
A New Era in the Transatlantic Partnership
The United States and the European Union cannot fundamentally alter the world trading order bilaterally; however, cogent transatlantic leadership in a time of division and uncertainty will have significant influence on developing partner nations who support this mission. If both parties come to the table in good faith, this might establish an opportunity for the transatlantic alliance to provide much-needed leadership within the international order.