Defining Diplomacy: changes and challenges for American ambassadors in Germany (September 30)

Headshot Portrait Elisabeth Piller

Headshot Portrait Elisabeth Piller, © Elisabeth Piller

16.09.2021 - Article

Join the conversation examining how the role of the American ambassador in Berlin has changed over time.

The importance of ambassadors as both messenger and mediator in German American relations has seen a sea change in the environment of international relations. The web of contacts between nations has expanded enormously in the past few decades. The roles of policy and personality of ambassadors have always impacted the perception of the US in Germany. Dr. Elisabeth Piller will discuss the history and the evolution of ambassadorships in the saturated environment of instantaneous communication networks at a pivotal time in German-American relations.

About the speaker:  
Elisabeth Piller joined Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in November 2020 as an Assistant Professor of Transatlantic and North American History. She works on US and German foreign policy and transatlantic relations in the 19th and 20th century. Her award-winning first book Selling Weimar. German Public Diplomacy and the United States, 1918-1933 was published in early 2021. She is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled “Saving Europe. US Humanitarians and the Making of the American Century, 1943-1949.

Her article, ”Joe Biden is sending an academic to Germany. Here’s why it might pay off“ was recently featured in the Washington Post and can be read by clicking here.

Location & Time

Virtual via Zoom

Thursday, September 30 at 12.00 PM EDT | 18.00 PM CET

Please register here.

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