Next Generation Round Table Discussion

On September 14th, 2015, a number of DC-area Bosch alumni gathered together with US-German Next Generation Project Fellows at the Atlantic Council to discuss the future of the bilateral relationship at the core of both programs: that of the United States and Germany.

In March 2015, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security assembled a group of 6 Americans and 6 Germans ages 25-35 under the banner of the US-German Next Generation Project Fellowship to take a critical look at the bilateral relationship and offer its own strategy and recommendations. Through a New Prism: A Next Generation Strategy for the US-German Relationship was published in Washington and Berlin in June and covers many aspects from traditional defense partnerships and economic ties, to tensions in the intelligence relationship and shared challenges such as migration.

Two Bosch alumni, Michael Stock (Bosch XXX) and Christina Tsafoulias (Bosch XXX), participated in the Next Generation Fellowship and contributed their perspectives as Americans recently returned from a year in Germany to the report. Stock and Tsafoulias facilitated the discussion, which saw participation from about 15 Bosch alumni representing a number of different classes, as well as representatives from the Atlantic Council, the U.S. Department of State, and Next Generation Fellows. The conversation kicked off on the topic of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and whether there may be a way to introduce further transparency into the process. Next Generation Fellows identified transparency and accountability as among the key values prized by their cohort. Participants also discussed the current migration crisis facing Europe and opportunities this presents for meaningful dialogue between the United States and Germany on a topic not generally considered as a core element of bilateral cooperation – particularly at the state and local levels. Next Generation Fellows were grateful for the chance to receive feedback from such a specialized group of interlocutors.


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