United States-Germany Relations in 2020


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When: Feb 14 2020 - 12:00pm until Feb 14 2020 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Room 3121 (3rd Floor)

After 2016, U.S.-Germany relations deteriorated considerably and very visibly from the view of the general population in both countries. While most Germans considered themselves best friends with their dominant transatlantic partner, they found themselves confronted with demands and reproaches from the U.S.-side put forward in less amicable terms. Additionally, the rules-based international system, which had created an almost perfect eco-system for the economic and political success Germany experienced over the last 75 years, came under attack from the very nation - the U.S. - that had shaped and promoted this system more than any other country. This seminar will assess the opportunities and challenges facing the bilateral relationship in the new year.    

Hans-Ulrich Suedbeck has been serving as Consul General of Germany in San Francisco since August 2017. Various postings as member of the Federal Foreign Office took him to The Hague (1994 - 1997), Kiev (1997 - 2000), the German Representation to the EU in Brussels (2005-2007), as Deputy Head of Mission to the German Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia (2009-2012), and as the Senior Civilian Representative in Regional Command North to Masar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan (2012/2013). Within the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin he focused on Western Balkans and EU-Civilian Crisis Management missions, as well as on EU Internal Market Issues and the Northern EU Member States, including the UK. Prior to his coming to San Francisco, Suedbeck headed the Western Balkans Division in the Ministry.

Free admission

Limited seating

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Paid parking is available on the UHM campus


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