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Meeting Einstein: Allies Eye America: Geostrategy Under Reconstruction

Nov 11, 2016 | 08:00 PM

Panel discussion with Einstein Visiting Fellow Richard J. Samuels, Klaus Scharioth, former German ambassador to the U.S., and longtime chief correspondent of „Die Welt“, Michael Stürmer

We cordially invite you to our upcoming event with Einstein Visiting Fellow Richard J. Samuels at the Max Liebermann Haus.
The world’s geostrategic map is under reconstruction. In Asia, Tokyo’s enhanced muscularity derives directly from Beijing’s new assertiveness in regional affairs. In post-Crimea Europe, NATO must now consider new ways to deter further hypothetical Russian aggression. This reconstruction is made more pressing by another, equally critical, element of European and Japanese strategy: their changing perceptions of U.S. capabilities and commitment. Parallel concerns about the relative decline of the United States and the possibility of U.S. retrenchment from its longstanding global role also motivate foreign and security policy behaviour in East Asia and in Western Europe. Strategists from Berlin to Tokyo want to know: How can the United States both cut its defense budget and maintain its commitments to them?
On 11 November 2016, three days after the U.S. elections, Richard J. Samuels, Klaus Scharioth and Michael Stürmer will explore how perceptions of a relative decline in U.S. capabilities and commitments to its allies may affect the strategic balance in Asia and Europe and the security goals of its longstanding allies. The discussion will be moderated by Cathleen Fisher, President of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Entrance is free, but please register at: Einstein Foundation.

Richard J. Samuels is director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2015 he was named an Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin.

Klaus Scharioth is former German ambassador to the U.S. From 2002 to 2006 he was State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of security and defence policy. Since 2011 he has been head of the Mercator Fellowship programme on International Affairs.

Michael Stürmer is historian and longtime chief correspondent of the German daily „Die Welt“. He published numerous articles and books on geopolitical issues.

Time & Location

Nov 11, 2016 | 08:00 PM

Max Liebermann Haus, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin

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