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March 2015 Newsletter
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Vol. 24 No. 1
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The "Serious and Substantial" Deterioration of the U.S.-German Relationship: Insights from the New York Alumni Dinner

By Maya Shwayder (Burns 2014)


British accents are possibly the most soothing in the world. Even as former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband addressed the assembled Burns alumni and friends at the Goldman Sachs New York office on February 25, touching on everything from the failure of the West to properly uphold its responsibilities as superpowers to our own inability to support each other in our political endeavors, it seemed as though these myriad, difficult, intensely intricate problems could all be taken in stride.


Indeed, the bottom line of Miliband's address was simply, let's find a way to work together. "What strikes me at the moment is that there's far less obvious harmony, both in the way many Europeans think about the U.S., but also in the despair with which many Americans think about Europe," he said.


Miliband had just returned from Iraq and acknowledged how many difficult policy questions were in play. "This is not a period when it feels to me like Germany and America are coming closer and closer together," he said. The revelations from Edward Snowden were one reason. 


What should be our level of concern over the U.S.-European relationship, one alumnus asked. Is it fraying? Is this a substantial threat or a passing phase?


"It's serious and substantial," said Miliband. "The truth is, the danger for Europe is that it becomes a less and less useful partner to the U.S." Simply spending on defense or worrying about your economy and assuming all other problems will take care of themselves is just wrong. But unfortunately, he continued, both sides are undergoing a period of retrenchment, which in turn is causing a vacuum of global governance.


David Miliband addressing the guests.


John F.W. Rogers, managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and a Burns trustee, pointed to the fact that the Burns Fellowship was established to help with just that -- to foster a closeness between the United States and Germany. "This is a consequential relationship," Rogers said. Between Russian aggression in the east and an economy that is still sluggish seven years after a worldwide downturn, the United States and Germany should be key partners in building what the world should look like next.


"America wants Germany to be the knight [in shining armor], but all Germans are giving them is a lot of melancholia," he continued. "If you think about it, 25 years ago, I think it's fair to say that the creation of the united Germany was a high point for the German-American relationship. Twenty-five years on, we're a long way from that high point. The sense of shared endeavor that was so strong doesn't exist in the same way."


No one should be fearful of a closer relationship between the United States and Germany, he said, but in both countries, "I diagnose a real hesitancy about how to engage in this complex, distressing, expensive, irrational, disorganized world."


How to interact with such a world is still a huge question for two superpowers, particularly when dealing with institutions like the United Nations that were designed for a world -- and in an age -- that is entirely different from what any of the writers of the U.N. charter could have conceived. "Germany strives to be harmless, and the U.S. is humbled," Miliband said. "We can't afford for both to be reluctant global leaders."


Maya Shwayder is the United Nations correspondent at The Jerusalem Post in New York City. She also works at Facebook. She spent her Burns Fellowship in 2014 at Die Welt in Berlin. In February, she was selected as one of ten Voluntäre for Deutsche Welle's 2015-2016 Voluntariat program.


Trustees Frank Freiling, Marcus Brauchli and Rebecca Blumenstein.

2014 alumni Rick Noack and Peter Mellgard talk with
Burns trustee John F.W. Rogers.

2000 alumni Miriam Falco and Anne Marie Kelly.

A Parasol or a Bomb?

The Debate over Geoengineering

By Anne Demmer (IJP Fellow 2010) 


"A parasol to cool the earth, to stop the warming of the planet." This image, often used to explain the term geoengineering, sounds pretty, like science fiction. However, critics compare the consequences of these technical methods to manipulate the climate with the nuclear bomb, which sounds much more disturbing. For former Vice President Al Gore, geoengineering is "insane, utterly mad and delusional in the extreme." However, the idea that society might combat global warming by deliberately engineering a cooler climate has recently migrated from the fringe to the scientific mainstream. Even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) grappled with the issue in its latest reports.


Demmer reporting from India.

I have been researching geoengineering for a while in Germany and felt that until quite recently, the discussion has been dominated by experts in ways that leave little space for public discussion or intervention. I wanted to fill this gap, most importantly because some scientists are strongly advocating for their first small-scale experiments to be conducted behind closed doors. Critics argue that this could be the first step towards the implementation of geoengineering, a method with many unknown side effects.


The Holbrooke Grant opened up the opportunity for me to meet one of the most prominent advocates for geoengineering in the United States. I wanted to get to know the man behind the caricature of the crazy professor who wants to play god. I travelled to Cambridge to meet David Keith, a professor of applied physics and public policy at Harvard University. His favorite method is the so called Solar Radiation Management (SRM) -- injecting sulphur particles into the stratosphere, where they would reflect solar energy back into space, thus cooling the planet. The effect is known from past volcano eruptions. For instance, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 caused a temperature decrease of almost 0.5 degree Celsius on a global scale.


David Keith turned out to be very hesitant to talk about his planned experiment because he didn't want to be misinterpreted. In the past, he has received death threats on his answering machine for simply dealing with the topic. His models show that the majority of the world would benefit from geoengineering. "We might need such a method to buy time," he said. "Society might not be fast enough to tackle the climate problem." His argument for the experiment is that models are often wrong. He feels that it's time to conduct a reality test -- to test if the ozone layer would be affected. David Keith and his colleague James Anderson want to start small studies, releasing one kilogram of sulfur into the stratosphere. According to the Harvard professors, these experiments would cause less impact to the atmosphere than one minute of a commercial air flight.


During my research in Washington, it became very clear that for the time being, no politicians -- neither Democrats nor Republicans -- are speaking publicly about the issue. It is a very sensitive topic in the United States. However, I spoke to Lee Lane, who is a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute and has been co-director of the Geoengineering Project of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). (The institute, incidentally, has received millions of dollars in donations from ExxonMobil.) The Project has held several conferences, published multiple reports, and sent Lane among others to testify before congressional hearings -- all with the message that geoengineering is not a Plan B should emissions cuts fail, but rather a Plan A.


The geoengineering community in the United States has been growing very fast within the past few years. There are now consultants who specialize on the topic. I talked with Rafe Pomerance, former deputy assistant secretary of state for environment and development. He considers geoengineering a serious option, he pushes for more research and is in close contact with government representatives.


For Alan Robock, a climate scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Keith's planned experiment is too early. Robock's research shows that some countries might suffer from serious droughts and the Indian monsoon season could be interrupted. There would be winners and losers, but billions of people could suffer. Aside from the scientific uncertainty, the deployment of solar geoengineering would raise serious geopolitical questions. Because it is simple and relatively cheap, a single nation could decide to send sulphur into the stratosphere producing a global effect. "In the end, that could lead to international conflicts and wars," Robock says.


This issue led to my second trip to India. I wanted to talk to those who might be the losers of solar geoengineering. I visited the farmer Kalulal Dangi in Rajhastan. He, of course, had never heard of geoengineering. I accompanied him to the fields to talk about the consequences if the Indian monsoon gets interrupted as a possible effect of climate manipulation. Without sufficient rain, he would have to migrate to the city, like millions of other farmers as well. In Delhi, I met with different civil society organizations, including with Arunabha Ghosh, the director of the Indian Think Tank Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). He is calling for an international organization that would oversee geoengineering research activities: "Governance comes first, before any field experiments are undertaken."


Farmers in India 


In the meantime, the National Academy of Sciences published its report. The group of 16 scientists urged policy makers to commit to further research into geoengineering techniques and even small-scale field trials of the technology. That's good news for David Keith. He might carry out his first field experiment to manipulate the climate with the support of public money. This marks a major shift. In the end, nobody knows what nature will do once society starts these experiments. And the experiments could get bigger and bigger. Many questions will need to be answered: Who should oversee these experiments? Who should own the results? Who would deploy these technologies? How can we ensure research is not misused? These many questions are a wake-up call for civil society to get involved in the debate.


I greatly appreciated the Holbrooke Grant. Without its support, I would not have been able to carry out in-depth research on geoengineering, including travelling to the United States and India. I established important contacts and will follow up on what I started. Within a couple months, a European report on geoengineering will be released. This topic will be of growing importance and the debate is only just beginning.


Anne Demmer is a reporter with Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. Her main focus is on social and environmental issues. Her stories also appear on different programs of ARD. She was an IJP Fellow in Mexico in 2010 where she reported on the impact of drug violence on Mexican society. She was nominated for the Amnesty International Human Rights Award for her resulting radio feature. She has been honored twice with the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists for outstanding achievement.


Inventing a new future from the past:

Reporting on the 25th anniversary of the Mauerfall

By Curt Nickisch (Burns 2005)


When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, I watched it on television like many other Americans. Except I was in West Germany. As a high school exchange student on the southern edge of Bavaria, I was about as far as you could get from Berlin and still be in the Federal Republic. At the time, the significance was clear, but how history would unfold was not.


Twenty-five years later, I had the privilege of reporting on the unfoldment. Armed with a Holbrooke Research Grant and a microphone, I went to Berlin to cover how the city reflected on the day that it hosted a turning point in history.


As a business reporter, I wanted to tell the story through an economic as well as historic lens. Money is oxygen to a narrative. Commercial enterprise spotlights political parameters. I told the story of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall through a fourth-generation family business, one that has been largely overlooked in the press and one that has been forever shaped by the country's division.



Former East Berlin schnapps maker Schilkin traces its roots to another continental and political turning point, when Sergei Schilkin's parents fled the Bolsheviks and started making spirits at the edge of Berlin. Sergei grew the business after World War II, when vodka was a valuable commodity in the Soviet occupation zone. After the Berlin Wall fell, he came out of retirement to run the company with his son-in-law Peter Mier, who had fled East Germany decades earlier. Now Peter's son Patrick Mier runs the company. But Patrick says the old business was practically a new company after 1990.


"Of course we have the history, we have the feeling of a company with a hundred years tradition: recipes, knowledge," he says. "But, you know, from the economic side, we were a startup."


Like Berlin, Schilkin is reinventing itself by building on its past instead of trying to forget it. The company resurrected a trademark product from the 1950s: Berliner Luft. It's a peppermint schnapps, a Pfeffi, that is catching on with Berlin's younger creative class. (The apartment I rented from a single female lawyer sported a bottle in the cupboard.) It's also popular in tourist shops, where it is sold in bottles shaped like the Brandenburg Gate.


"With this kind of product, we are building our own future," says Schilkin CEO Patrick Mier. "This is what I learned from my grandfather. That it is absolutely necessary to move, to develop things, to break with parts of what you did before, without losing your tradition. And this is what Berliner Luft stands for."



This theme -- inventing a new future from the past -- recurred in each story that I researched. I reported on the enduring meaning that the Berlin Wall holds for Germans 25 and under, who grew up after the wall came down. I reported on how Berlin's fast-growing startup sector is creating new economic fortunes precisely along the path where the wall crumbled.


As if I needed to be reminded of Berlin's "pivot" (to borrow a startup term), I was able to listen to each of my radio stories over the air in Berlin. I reported for NPR's midday news program Here & Now, which is broadcast live on NPR Berlin. The station uses the frequency formerly used by AFN -- American Forces Network.


But the most striking part of my reporting was seeing the city's public celebration, with its Lichtgrenze, or "border of light" installation, delineating the part of the Berlin Wall that bisected the heart of the city. I believe Germany brings art into the public discourse better than anyone. Berlin created a communal experience of walking the route where the concrete once stood. The city created a shared experience when citizens released the thousands of illuminated balloons that made up the border of light. And this collective action of a common people was echoed in a formal state ceremony, where conductor Iván Fischer concluded by inviting members of each choir and orchestra in Berlin to perform the closing scene of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio.


On the 25th anniversary of the Mauerfall, performing that scene -- in which a husband is freed by his faithful wife from certain death in a political prison -- is already fraught with symbolism. But Fischer took it one step further: The performers had never rehearsed together. Because, the conductor said, in 1989, they didn't practice either. This flash-mob-style performance was confident in its spontaneity, and was poignant and beautiful.


Fortunately, we are able to practice at history and get better at understanding it. Especially history like this. It's my hope that the Holbrooke Grant helped Americans better understand the lasting meaning of Berlin's landmark moment.


Curt Nickisch covers business and technology for WBUR-FM in Boston. He spent his Burns Fellowship in 2005 at Bayerischer Rundfunk.


A Momentous Day: Covering the Anniversary of the Wall's Collapse

Steven Zeitchik (Burns 2003)


I arrived in Berlin at the beginning of November unsure of what to expect. I'd never worked in Germany during a historic anniversary, let alone a landmark occasion such as the 25th year of the Berlin Wall's collapse.

As a recipient of a 2014 Holbrooke Grant, I had accepted the responsibility of capturing the collective mood during this momentous period. And that mood seemed like an enigma. Would the event be marked somberly, as a moment to recall the pain wrought by the Cold War? Or would it be celebrated for how it ended that suffering, as a joyous occasion when a country could finally heal?

After spending a few days preparing for the event (that is, running documents between a number of bureaucratic government offices), I took my place at the memorial at Bernauer Strasse the morning of November 9.

The next few hours were devoted to sober recollection. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mayor Klaus Wowereit laid wreaths at a memorial, surrounded by children who had come as goodwill ambassadors from other countries. A dissident spoke about the "tears of blood" that poured down that very street. With a former East German watchtower as their backdrop -- and audio exhibits everywhere describing the pain of separation and various encounters with the Stasi -- the difficulties of that period became excruciatingly clear. To the outside world, the wall was a political symbol. But to the Germans it was something different -- as real, intimate and defining as any physical condition.




Outside the memorial, I spoke to an older East German couple who had lived through the Wall. They talked of the hardships it brought as they were segregated from their families. Meanwhile, fathers stood with daughters watching outdoor video screens and explaining what the challenges of the period were like -- ancient history to the children, tangible memories for the parents.

Barely a few hours later, I found myself in front of the Brandenburg Gate, watching the performances play out against a brilliant fall sky. Peter Gabriel sang a version of "Heroes." Daniel Barenboim conducted a rousing version of Beethoven's Ninth. Hundreds of balloons were released into the air. Cold War-era rock star Udo Lindenberg even gyrated on stage and was whisked over the crowd in a giant birdcage, because what's the commemoration of a major historical event without that spectacle?

As I watched the massive party unfold, amazed by an evening that couldn't be more different tonally from the memorial that morning, it became clear that my initial thinking was wrong. To the outside world, the two sets of events might seem contradictory. But they weren't nearly as opposite as it would first appear.

Politicians often try to paint differences -- between right and left, west and east, good and evil. But the mind doesn't work that way. The mind is capable -- perhaps even in need of -- accommodating distinct ideas. People aren't binary and neither are commemorations. It is possible to balance competing emotions, to celebrate the great moment of a wall's collapse even as one remembers the pain it caused. 


Nations too are not binary. Contrary to what some taught of the Cold War -- contrary to what even the wall represented -- my reporting during the fellowship demonstrated that these are rarely clear-cut issues. A country and people can experience light within darkness, happiness at the same time as solemnity. Even the quarter-century since the Berlin Wall fell has not been a straightforward affair. Yes, Germany and Europe are in a better place in many respects. But the shadow of history, of old challenges made new, have loomed as well.


A wall, in other words, makes clear distinctions. Reality, however, can be -- beautifully, pointedly, painfully, realistically -- far more muddled.


Steven Zeitchik (Burns 2003) is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times covering culture, entertainment and (sometimes) foreign news. He received the Arthur Burns Prize in 2003 for his International Herald Tribune piece on Ostalgie. He was in Ukraine last summer covering new tensions and realities in Eastern Europe and was in Berlin in November writing about the anniversary of the Wall's collapse, the re-emergence of the far left, and Muslims in Germany.


32nd Annual German-American Media Conference

The 32nd annual German-American Media conference was held in Berlin on Feb. 27-28, with 30 finalists for the 2015 German Burns class in attendance. Speakers included the Honorable Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, Canadian Ambassador to Germany and a new Burns patron; Christoph Heusgen, the chancellor's adviser for foreign and security policy; Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office; Omri Nouripour, security spokesman for the Green party; and U.S. trustee J.D. Bindenagel, now the Henry Kissinger Professor of Governance and International Security at the University of Bonn.

Holbrooke Research Grants - Call for Applications

Christian Salewski (Burns 2010) interviews the second officer of a car transporting vessel in Rhode Island as part of his Holbrooke Grant researching the transatlantic free trade agreement.

Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP) and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships are providing a special opportunity for journalists with a passion for research and storytelling around the globe.
The Holbrooke Research Grants offer stipends of up to €4,000 to as many as 10-15 print, broadcast and new media journalists. Grantees will be selected by an advisory board, including professionals and trustees working in journalism.
The grants were recently renamed to honor Richard Holbrooke and his outstanding service in the field of international relations and specifically the German-American relationship. Holbrooke was an American diplomat, magazine editor, author and investment banker. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1993-1994 and the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1994-1996. He also helped form the American Academy in Berlin and was its founding chairman. Most recently, he served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He died in December 2010. These travel and research grants honor his legacy of cross-cultural exchange and diplomacy.
Who: All IJP and Burns alumni are eligible-both newsroom staffers and freelancers.
What: The grants support ambitious journalism projects including, but not limited to, the global economic crisis. Joint projects between journalists from different countries are encouraged, but individual projects will also be considered. A transatlantic perspective should be part of the project.
When: The deadline is ongoing throughout 2015 until funds are exhausted.
Selection Criteria: When choosing, we consider each candidate's professional accomplishments and potential; his or her individual and organizational commitment; and the potential impact of the proposed journalistic project. For collaborative projects, each applicant should submit a separate application that incorporates the jointly developed project proposal. Click here for details on what to submit.
Requirements: The program will only review completed applications endorsed by a news organization. Stories must be published or broadcast within four months of grant award date. Eighty percent of the amount of each grant will be paid at the outset of the project, with the remaining 20 percent to be paid upon publication or broadcast.
Where: Please send your application to burns@ijp.org or researchgrant@ijp.org.
Sponsored by: The Holbrooke Research Grants are financed by contributions from Goldman Sachs and the Ford Foundation. Additional funding comes from the transatlantic program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funding from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

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Each year 20 outstanding journalists from the United States, Canada and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other's countries. The program offers young print and broadcast journalists from each country the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as "foreign correspondents" for their hometown news organizations.
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Frankly Speaking


Dear Alumni,


As you read this, we are in the process of selecting the 2015 class of fellows and will soon start finding the right placements for the 22 fellows. This year, we plan to exchange six fellows between Germany and Canada, thereby completing the integration of Canada into the Burns Fellowship, which started two years ago after our 25th anniversary. You will have a chance to meet the new class in Washington on July 29 at the annual reception for new fellows and trustees.


We are also enlarging the board of trustees into a truly North American board. During 2015, we hope to add up to five trustees from Canada, representing media and corporate sponsors. Already joining the board are former Senator Hugh Segal, now master of Massey College, our partner in logistics and selection in Canada; and John Honderich, the chairman of Torstar Corporation, the parent company of the daily Toronto Star, and a former correspondent and editor-in-chief.


We had a grand evening in New York on February 23, welcoming former British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Right Honorable David Miliband as guest of honor and speaker for this alumni dinner. Eighty alumni, sponsors and many trustees attended the event, which Goldman Sachs graciously sponsored at their headquarters. Burns chairman Marcus Brauchli remembered former trustee John Whitehead, who had passed away the week before, and acknowledged former chairman Jim Hoge who is soon approaching his 80th birthday. In early June, we will host the next Arthur F. Burns Dinner in Berlin.


We will introduce the new fellows to you in the June newsletter and hope to be in touch with many of you in the meantime.


Enjoy the end of winter and until soon,



Alumni News

After 15 years as a television correspondent for ARD in Warsaw, New York and since 2008 in London, Annette Dittert returned to NDR headquarters in Hamburg to work for its culture and documentaries department.


Alan Scott Noblitt has continued to struggle with his health, although he has been dramatically better since epilepsy surgery several years ago.


Ina-Maria Ruck will be awarded the special founders prize of the 51st Grimme Awards for her coverage of the Russia/Ukraine conflict. A television journalist for WDR and former bureau chief in Moscow, she will become the ARD bureau chief in Washington this summer.


Since October, Pete Brush has been covering courts for Law360, including Manhattan and Brooklyn federal court. He covered the 'Silk Road' trial among others.



Karen Kleinwort now works as a freelancer for the German development agency GIZ and Yunus Social Business out of Mexico City. In 2012, Kathryn Wallace moved from the beltway to the belt buckle -- from Washington, D.C., to Austin, Texas -- to marry Jared Low. They had a baby girl, Evie June, eight months ago. Kathryn is working remotely as a coordinating producer for Lucky8 TV, based in New York; she writes the occasional article for Oprah Magazine or Reader's Digest; and she's teaching film classes for the Austin Film Festival summer camp this June.



Steve Kettmann and his wife Sarah Ringler welcomed their first baby, Coco Marie, in September 2014. They live near Santa Cruz, CA, and are co-directors of the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, which they founded to inspire young writers. Steve's new book, Baseball Maverick (Grove Atlantic), will be out in early April. It is about Sandy Alderson, the general manager of the New York Mets.



Oliver Becker has begun work on a new documentary film titled, "Finding Sebastian -- Discovery of a Lost Masterpiece." The film focuses on artist and actor Federico Castelluccio from New Jersey who is best known for playing the Mafia hitman Furio Giunta on "The Sopranos." Castelluccio is not only an actor and feature film director, but also a gifted painter (with a degree from the New York School of Visual Arts) and an expert and collector of Italian baroque art. The film will trace Castelluccio's discovery in a small art gallery in Frankfurt, and subsequent analysis and verification, of the lost painting "San Sebastiano" by Il Guercino, painted in 1633.  



Stefanie Mahler moved to Berlin and has started working for the German Stem Cell Network as head of communication, which gives her the opportunity to write about the newest research and developments in biology as well as producing short films about different areas of stem cell research.



Cornelia Stolze published her second book in October 2014, titled Krank durch Medikamente: Wenn Antibiotika depressiv, Schlafmittel dement und Blutdrucksenker impotent Machen (Piper Verlag, München). Her first book, Vergiss Alzheimer!, deals with the dangerous drawbacks of the current medical system. In Krank durch Medikamente, she shows how many commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs like pain killers, anti-depressants or blood pressure medications cause a wide variety of adverse reactions without being identified as such. On the contrary, they are often overlooked or misdiagnosed as independent diseases. Thus, millions of people all over the globe fall into a vicious cycle of adverse reactions, false diagnoses, mistreatment and new, even worse, side effects.



Waltraud Kaserer is now the head of communication and deputy bureau chief for the Austrian Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy.



Jennifer Kho has just been promoted to The Guardian's U.S. head of editorially independent sponsored content in New York City.



Helen Fessenden started a new job at the Federal Reserve in Richmond, working in their publications department as an economics writer. Christian Meier is now a staff member at Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag in Berlin where he reports on the media industry. Previously, Christian was editor-in-chief of the online media magazine Meedia. Fred Pleitgen moved to London earlier this year where he is a senior international correspondent for CNN, covering the world for the network.


Paul-Anton Krüger moved to Cairo last year on assignment as a Middle East correspondent for Süddeutsche Zeitung and as of February 15, he finally has a permanent address there. 



Marion Schmidt has left Die Zeit to start a new job as head of higher education development and communications at COGNOS AG in Hamburg. The education company is the owner of some of the biggest and most reputable private universities in Germany, including the Fresenius Hochschulen and the Handelshochschule Leipzig. It focuses on business, media and health care. In her new position, Marion will develop new strategies for communication and help to strengthen executive education.



Krista Kapralos, along with her husband Trevor and their three-year-old daughter Verity, welcomed baby Beatrice Joy on Oct. 19, 2014. The family lives in the Washington, D.C., area, and Krista manages special projects for Global Press Journal, an international news agency. Christian Salewski has been awarded several honors for his work on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that he researched during his Holbrooke-in-Residence Fellowship. He received the Herbert Quandt Medienpreis and the Ludwig Erhard Förderpreis, as well as being named one of three finalists for the Ernst Schneider Preis.



Catherine Cheney is preparing for a move this summer to Northern California, where her husband will continue flying for the Air Force. She will continue her work with NationSwell, a new digital media company focused on American innovation and renewal. She looks forward to connecting with Burns alumni in California. Please don't hesitate to reach out at catherine.cheney@gmail.com.



Dr. Moritz Küpper left his position in the sports section of Deutschlandfunk and was appointed new correspondent for the area of North Rhine-Westphalia for Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio, starting in February. Jonathan Stock is now working for Der Spiegel in the Reportage section.



Amanda Peacher started a new job as bureau correspondent for Oregon Public Broadcasting. Marc Sauber left Bayerischer Rundfunk to become the editor-in-chief of Bayernkurier, the publication of the CSU party in Bavaria. Ana Hontz Ward has a new position as an international correspondent with Antena 1/Antena 3, two cable news stations in Romania. She is still based in New York.



Peter Mellgard joined the editorial staff at the Huffington Post foreign desk, also known as the WorldPost, in February. Andrea Rexer started a new job as senior financial editor at Süddeutsche Zeitung. Tanja Schuhbauer received an award this October: the Sonderpreis zum Journalistenpreis der Deutschen Immobilienwirtschaft 2014. Maya Shwayder returned to New York after her time with Die Welt in Berlin and resumed her duties as The Jerusalem Post's U.N. correspondent. She also currently works at Facebook. In February, she was honored to be selected as one of ten Voluntäre for Deutsche Welle's 2015-2016 Voluntariat program.


Upcoming Events

Berlin Alumni Dinner: 
June 3, 2015
San Francisco Alumni Dinner: 
May or June 2015

Washington Reception: 

July 29, 2015
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2015 Fellowships:
July 28 - Sept. 30, 2015


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Patron: The Honorable Dr. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States

Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) 
Elisabeth Bumiller, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times 
Albert Behler, President and CEO, Paramount Group, Inc. 
Ambassador (ret.) J.D. BindenagelHenry Kissinger Professor of Governance and International Security, University of Bonn, Germany
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Marcus W. Brauchli,
Co-founder and Managing Partner, North Base Media; Consultant, Graham Holdings Company (Chairman
Ambassador (ret.) Richard Burt, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Martin Bussmann, Managing Director, Mannheim Holdings LLC
Nikhil Deogun, Managing Editor, CNBC
David W. Detjen, Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel, CFO, BASF SE; Chairman and CEO, BASF Corporation
Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, Director, Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP), e.V. (Burns President
Prof. Dr. Ronald Frohne, President and CEO, GWFF USA, Inc.
James F. Hoge, Jr.,
Senior Advisor, Teneo Intelligence (Honorary Chairman)

John Honderich, Chair of the Board, Torstar Corporation

Ambassador (ret.) Robert M. Kimmitt, Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale, Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury 
The Honorable Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Former U.S. Secretary of State 
Christian Lange, President and CEO, EII Capital Management Inc. 
The Honorable Frank E. Loy, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (Honorary Chairman) 
Richard G. Lugar, President, The Lugar Center, Former United States Senator
Dr. Daniel Mahler, Partner and Head of Americas, A.T. Kearney 
Kati Marton, Journalist and Author
Michael Oreskes, Senior Managing Director, The Associated Press
John F. W. Rogers, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

The Honorable Hugh D. SegalMaster, Massey College

Jürgen Siebenrock, Vice President, The Americas, Lufthansa German Airlines

Calvin Sims, President and CEO, International House

Kara SwisherCo-CEO, Revere Digital; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code; and Co-Executive Producer, The Code Conference

Stanford S. Warshawsky, Chairman, Bismarck Capital, LLC (Vice Chairman)

Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC 
Legal Advisor:
Phillip C. Zane, Attorney at Law, GeyerGorey, LLP 

German Trustees


Patron: The Honorable John B. Emerson,
U.S. Ambassador to Germany


Patron: The Honorable Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, Canadian Ambassador to Germany


Dr. Thomas Bellut,
Director-General, ZDF

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bettzuege, Former German Ambassador 

Dr. Martin Blessing, CEO, Commerzbank AG

Prof. Maria Böhmer,

Member of Parliament, CDU/CSU, State Minister, Foreign Office

Michael Bröcker, Editor-in-Chief, Rheinische Post

Wolfgang Büchner, Former Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel

Tom Buhrow, Director-General, WDR

Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, Editor-in-Chief, Der Tagesspiegel

Sabine Christiansen,

Journalist, TV21 Media

Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO, Axel Springer

Thomas Ellerbeck, Chairman, Vodafone Foundation

Leonhard F. Fischer,
Co-Chief Executive Officer, RHJI Swiss Management

Dr. Rüdiger Frohn,
Chairman, Mercator GmbH Foundation

Emilio Galli-Zugaro,
Head Group Communications, Allianz Group

Prof. Monika Grütters,

State Minister for Culture and Media

Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, Former Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank

(Honorary Chairman)

Peter Limbourg, Director-General, Deutsche Welle

Gesine Lötzsch,
Member of Parliament, Die Linke

Rob Meines, Meines & Partner, Den Haag

Mathias Müller von Blumencron,
Editor-in-Chief of Digital Media, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Rainer Neske,
Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank

Ines Pohl, Editor-in-Chief, die taz

Dagmar Reim, Director-General, RBB

Claudia Roth,
Vice-President of the Bundestag, Member of Parliament, Die Gruenen

Helmut Schäfer, Former State Minister, Foreign Office (Honorary Chairman)

Monika Schaller,
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs AG

Steffen Seibert, Parliamentary State Secretary, Government Spokesperson

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister and Member of Parliament, SPD

Lord George Weidenfeld, Former CEO, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Publishing, London; Member of the House of Lords

Dr. Dominik Wichmann, Former Editor-in-Chief, Stern

The Arthur F. Burns Board of Trustees in North America and Germany acknowledges with gratitude the support of the following organizations and individuals who have made the 2015 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program possible.

Sponsors in the U.S.
A.T. Kearney
BMW of North America, LLC
Brauchli-Farley Fund
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Comcast NBCUniversal
EII Capital Management, Inc.
The Ford Foundation
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The Ladenburg Foundation
Lufthansa German Airlines
Paramount Group, Inc.

Pew Charitable Trusts

Individual Contributions
John and Gina Despres
David Detjen

Jacob Heilbrunn

Stanford S. Warshawsky

Sponsors in Germany
Allianz SE
Auswärtiges Amt.


Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
Deutsche Bank AG
Goldman, Sachs AG
Siemens AG