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ACWA invites diplomats from embassies of countries that are important partners with the U.S., both in trade and politics, and long-term in addressing important global challenges. ACWA originated this program in 2005. View archives of previous participants.

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Hilton Akron/Fairlawn


U.S.–German Relations: Addressing Global Issues

David Schwake, First Secretary, German Embassy, Washington, D.C.


David Schwake will provide an overview of current global issues being addressed by his government and by the U.S. and two historic events being commemorated by Germany this year.

He will report on the Group of 20 meeting in London, on April 2nd, providing his government’s assessment both of the conference’s outcome and its own domestic decisions related to the global economic crisis. He will provide perspective on how his government’s responses diverge from those of the U.S., including the extent of its domestic stimulus spending, support of emerging economies, trade protectionism and more.

Germany has recently committed more troops to Afghanistan. Mr. Schwake will provide an overview of his government’s comprehensive approach to helping stabilize the country, both politically and militarily, and its assessment of the importance of these steps.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event with major focus in 2009 by the German government. Mr. Schwake will provide a summation of major accomplishments in East Germany since the departure of Soviet troops.

The German government is also commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Berlin air lift, with recognition of U.S. pilots who flew the hazardous passage in the post WWII period.

Please join us in welcoming David Schwake. You will have the opportunity to extend questions and comments to him immediately following his formal presentation.

Hilton Akron/Fairlawn | map
3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)

6:00 p.m. Registration/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

To Register for this Event

Reception - Dinner - Formal Program

Individual Registrations
Members - $35
Non-Members - $45

Formal Program Only

Individual Registrations
Members - $12
Non-Members - $15

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Registrations are due no later than Friday, April 17, 2009.

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