Changing Dynamics of Domestic Politics and International Relations: Chrystia Freeland and the New York Burns Dinner
By John Dobosz (Burns 1997)
The annual New York Arthur F. Burns Fellowship dinner hosted by Goldman Sachs on February 23 provided another lively forum for informed discussion of global forces that are reshaping economics, culture, and politics in countries all over the world. Burns alumni from almost 30 years of the fellowship reconnected over cocktails and then dined with sweeping views of the Hudson River and New York Harbor from the 43rd floor of Goldman's headquarters while featured speakers addressed issues of security, immigration, privacy, global trade, distribution of wealth, and the polarized state of politics on both sides of the Atlantic.
Goldman Sachs Executive Vice President John F.W. Rogers, who served as Under Secretary of State for Management at the U.S. Department of State from 1991 to 1993, remarked on the challenges and opportunities in a time of rapid global change. Peter Wittig, Germany's ambassador to the United States, provided insights into how technology and trade have accelerated the pace of change around the globe and linked the world more tightly than ever before.
Chrystia Freeland delivering remarks.
Political polarization and the distribution of global wealth were the focus of the evening's main speaker, Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of International Trade. A Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Freeland's first career was in journalism, reporting from Ukraine, Russia and later from all over the world as a columnist and editorial manager for the Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, and Thomson Reuters. She has represented one of Toronto's most diverse electoral districts as a member of the Liberal Party in the Canadian Parliament since 2013. Last November, she was tapped to join the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Freeland cited Steven Pinker's book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, to point out that by nearly any objective measure, more people are living better lives in more places than ever before in world history.
"The world is a pretty good place, and human beings today are richer, healthier, and taller than our predecessors were, but there is this political reality of intense anger with the establishment," said Freeland. "One reason we have this chasm between the populace and elites is discomfort with rapid change which seems to be coming from all directions."
What makes the discontent widespread is a "hollowed-out middle class" who feel they're falling behind and view elites as corrupt, complacent, and incompetent. "That feeling and gap is really powerful," says Freeland, noting that a "sane polity" requires addressing the concerns of the embattled middle class. Her prescription is to spur growth through trade to create new opportunities for those who have been displaced by global economic trends.
Ilya Marritz (Burns 2003) during the dinner Q&A.
Addressing the Syrian refugee crisis, Freeland, whose mother was born a Ukrainian refugee in Germany, views it as an opportunity to hold up Western ideals of tolerance and diversity and to tap into the energy of new immigrants who have helped drive growth throughout history.
"We need to understand that diverse societies are not an option but a reality," says Freeland, who advises journalists to help bridge the gaps in society. "If you are a winner from the existing global economic order, break out of your gated community and branch out to connect with people who don't inhabit your world."
John Dobosz is editor of Forbes Dividend Investor and Forbes Premium Income Report, and has been with Forbes since 2001. He worked previously as a television field producer at CNN and Bloomberg, and as a reporter at Inc. magazine. John spent his Burns Fellowship in 1997 at the Berlin bureau of ZDF.
|Burns Chairman Marcus Brauchli and guests.|
|Alumni Steven Valentino (Burns 2013) and John Turrettini (Burns 2002).|
German-American Conference in Berlin
The 33rd Annual German-American Conference was held in Berlin on February 26-28 and was again the setting for the final selection of the German Burns class of 2016. Thirty finalists from media all over Germany attended the conference. Speakers included Emily Haber, state secretary for the Ministry of the Interior, who spoke about European aspects of the refugee crisis; David Aguilar, the former chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, who drew comparisons with the U.S.-Mexican border and analyzed the challenges in Europe; and Jörg Asmussen, former state secretary of the Treasury and the Ministry of Labor, who gave an overview of the impact of the recent crises on world markets and the financial sector. Both the United States and Canadian ambassadors, patrons of the Burns Fellowship, hosted receptions for the conference participants and local Burns alumni.
|Former Chief of U.S. Border Patrol David Aguilar|
Olaf Steenfadt now works as director of communications for the Christian Democratic Union in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz.
Catherine Girardeau is working as an associate producer for American Public Media's Marketplace.
returned to the daily Bild
in December as deputy editor-in-chief and head of the politics and economics sections. In early January, he and his editor-in-chief Kai Diekmann interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.
published an autobiographical book titled Tel Aviv: The world in a nutshell
(Corso Publishers). He also received a Writers-in-Residence Fellowship for the European Cultural Capital Breslau/Wroclaw 2016. Ina Ruck
has returned to Washington, D.C., as the bureau chief/chief correspondent for ARD's Washington office. She will stay until the summer of 2017.
Peter Rooney recently left his job as director of public affairs at Amherst College to focus on getting healthier after almost four years of fighting Stage IV cancer and working full-time. He is doing well in a Phase 1 immunotherapy clinical trial and has been blogging about his experiences at immunopatient.com, where he also has posted chapters from his memoir, Taming the Beast.
|Peter, his wife Katharina and their two sons Max and Jakob during a recent hike up Mount Monadnock in southwest New Hampshire. |
Sheryl Oring is collaborating with the PEN World Voices Festival in New York on a large-scale version of her "I Wish to Say" project. On April 26, there will be 100 PEN writers typing postcards to the U.S. presidential candidates on manual typewriters. (Rain date: April 27.) After the performance, carbon copies of the postcards will be exhibited at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. In September 2016, her book, Activating Democracy: The I Wish to Say Project, is due out from Intellect Books of the U.K. Sheryl is currently working as an assistant professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Carter Dougherty is writing for a variety of publications (a Pauschalist, to use the German term of art) after leaving Bloomberg News in September. He's the senior international economics writer at the International Business Times, and also writes about Wall Street and Washington for a new syndication service, InsideSources. You'll find his byline in other places recently, such as TheAtlantic.com. He is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org. Barbara Junge, Washington correspondent for the daily Tagesspiegel, will return to Berlin in May to become the deputy editor-in-chief of the daily Tageszeitung. Volker Weidermann published the English translation of his book Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark (Pushkin Press). It has received rave reviews in the international press. Beginning in May, Adrienne Woltersdorf will head the Regional Coordination Office for Asia, based in Singapore, for the German political foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). Burnies looking for information and contacts in South East Asia are welcome to drop by or send an email to email@example.com.
Michael Kolz has a new baby, Mathilda, born in October 2015. Her older sister Annalena (9) loves her.
David Schraven, along with Jan Feindt, was awarded the Deutscher Reporterpreis in the innovation category for their graphic novel Weisse Wölfe, a work of investigative journalism covering the radical right from Dortmund across Europe.
Kerstin Kohlenberg, who works for the weekly Die Zeit, was awarded the Georg von Holtzbrinck Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik in the print category (along with Mark Schieritz) for an article titled "Die Superwaffe des Mr. Glaser." The article is about the U.S. Treasury Department's office that deals with sanctions and terrorist financing.
Thomas Reichart and his colleagues from ZDF's China-Japan bureau.
Max v. Klitzing's documentary on Uzbekistan will air on March 4 at 4:15 pm on ARTE in German and French under the title Usbekistan - Auf der Seidenstrasse unterwegs. It will be rebroadcast on NDR on May 26 at 8:15 pm. Max spent three weeks in Uzbekistan filming in April 2015. He and his crew were followed everywhere by watchdogs, but were sometimes able to film around the censorship. He wrote, "In every sense, it was a very interesting production for freeeye.tv, my company, and being director of this film was an outstanding experience." Sebastian Rudolph is leaving his job as the spokesman for the German minister for transport and digital infrastructure. He took the post in 2009, making him the longest-serving spokesman for a German minister. In March, he will become head of communications for the construction company Bilfinger.
Christian Meier had a son, Tim Felix, born in October. Christian works at Die Welt.
Last summer, Sabine Muscat moved back to Germany with her American husband and two-year-old son after eight years in the United States. She now lives in Stuttgart and is working as a freelance reporter. She also recently started working with the Berlin-based Mercator Institute of China Studies as a freelance editor and consultant.2008
Fabian Löhe, previously political editor at the daily Osnabrücker Zeitung, is now head of press and communications at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change.
Roman Deininger switched jobs at the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. After working as a reporter for the SZ weekend edition, he is now a political reporter for Seite Drei, the features section. Fredy Gareis published 100 Gramm Wodka: Auf Spurensuche in Russland (Piper Verlag). Roman Keßler is now the head of communications at FinTech Group AG.
Benjamin Nickel changed jobs. He is now responsible for Media Relations at the SAP Innovation Center Network in Potsdam. For the past five years, he worked as head of corporate communications at the digital agency SinnerSchrader AG in Hamburg.
Giang Nguyen and her husband moved near Tokyo last summer where her husband was assigned to U.S. Army Japan headquarters at Camp Zama. Giang had to leave her job at CCTV America in Washington, D.C., but was fortunate to find new employment immediately after arriving in Japan. She's now a market reporter for NHK World, Japan's national broadcaster, writing and reporting live from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Gordon Repinski started work as a senior correspondent with Der Spiegel in Washington, D.C., in February. He will cover the U.S. presidential elections for the magazine. Previously, he worked as a capital correspondent for Der Spiegel in Berlin.
Documentarian Sonia Kennebeck recently spoke at the Berlin Film Festival about her film National Bird, about the psychological impact of working for the United States' drone division. Tobias Peter moved from Cologne to Berlin to join the capital bureau of Dumont Media Group as a correspondent covering parliament and government.
Angela (Friedrich) Kea got married last August and changed her name from Friedrich to Kea. She still works for WeltN24 in Berlin as a reporter and writer. In March, she will spend four weeks in North Carolina at Duke University with a RIAS Duke-University Fellowship. Emily Schultheis just started a new job as an editor/reporter for CBS News in Washington, D.C. She'll still be covering politics and the 2016 campaign.
In February, Pia Dangelmayer started working for a new research unit at the Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, called BR Recherche. They focus on investigative research and long-term stories and publish their reports on TV, radio and online. After completing the Burns Fellowship this fall, Anna Russell moved from New York to London, where she is now covering arts and culture in Europe for The Wall Street Journal. She started her new role at the end of October and is enjoying covering art events in London and beyond.
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Named in honor of the late former U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and former Federal Reserve Board chairman, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program fosters greater understanding of transatlantic relations among future leaders of the news media.
The Burns program was established in 1988 in Germany by the Internationale Journalisten-Programme (formerly the Initiative Jugendpresse) and was originally designed for young German journalists. In 1990, the fellowship expanded to include American journalists, making it a true exchange. In 2013, it expanded to include Canadian journalists.
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.
Fellows work as part-time staff members at host newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations. In addition to covering local news, fellows report on events for their employers back home, while learning more about their host country and its media.
This competitive program is open to U.S., Canadian and German journalists who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station or news agency, and to freelancers. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in North American-European affairs. German language proficiency is not required, but is encouraged.
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The new class of fellows for 2016 is taking shape. Over the last weekend in February, eleven new German fellows were selected from 30 finalists to go to the United States and Canada this summer. In late March, the Canadian and U.S. fellows will be chosen and we will start working on their placements in Germany. I hope you will welcome them wholeheartedly and give them plenty of advice to make the most out of their fellowship ahead.
Nearly 80 of us attended the annual New York Alumni Dinner in late February, graciously hosted again by Goldman Sachs at their headquarters downtown. Many trustees, three consul-generals and two German ambassadors attended as well. The guest of honor -- another sign of the ever stronger integration of Canada into the fellowship program -- was the former journalist and Canadian Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland, who gave a stimulating speech and stayed on until the very last alumni were leaving. The Berlin Alumni Dinner on June 1 will likely continue our new Canadian angle when it comes to speakers, and we ask you to already save the date in your calendars. Please also mark your calendars for July 21 for the reception for new fellows and alumni at the German ambassador's residence in Washington.
We started the Burns alumni regional chapters in the United States, with events taking place throughout 2016 in San Francisco, Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C. Events in Toronto and other cities will come next year. In Germany, there are local meetings of alumni in Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. We are working on expanding this, but need alumni volunteers to manage it. Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved in additional regional chapters. I hope to see you at one of the new alumni events coming up!
All the best for a nice spring on both sides of the Atlantic,
Berlin Alumni Dinner:
June 1, 2016
July 21, 2016
German Ambassador's Residence
July 19 - Sept. 30, 2016
North American Trustees (2013-2016)
Patron: The Honorable Dr. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States
Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times
Ambassador (ret.) J.D. Bindenagel, Henry 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. 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)
The Honorable Richard G. Lugar, President, The Lugar Center; Former United States Senator
Kati Marton, Journalist and Author
Michael Oreskes, Senior Vice President for News and Editorial Director, NPR
John F. W. Rogers, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The Honorable Hugh D. Segal, Master, Massey College; Former Canadian Senator
Jürgen Siebenrock, Vice President, The Americas, Lufthansa German Airlines
Calvin Sims, President and CEO, International House
Wayne T. Smith,
Chairman of the Board and CEO, BASF Corporation
Kara Swisher, Co-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
Phillip C. Zane, Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University
Patron: The Honorable John B. Emerson, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Patron: The Honorable Marie Gervais-Vidricaire, Canadian Ambassador to Germany
Sven Afhüppe, Editor-in-Chief, Handelsblatt
Dr. Thomas Bellut,
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
Journalist, TV21 Media
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO, Axel Springer
Thomas Ellerbeck, Director, TUI
Leonhard F. Fischer,
Co-Chief Executive Officer, RHJI Swiss Management
Dr. Rüdiger Frohn,
Chairman, Mercator GmbH Foundation
Former 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 and Acting 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
Ines Pohl, Former 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, Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs AG
Steffen Seibert, Parliamentary State Secretary, Government Spokesperson
Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister and Member of Parliament, SPD
Dr. Dominik Wichmann, Editor-in-Chief, DLD
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 2016 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program possible.
Sponsors in the U.S.
BMW of North America, LLC
EII Capital Management, Inc.
The Ford Foundation
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
GWFF USA, Inc.
The Ladenburg Foundation
Lufthansa German Airlines
Paramount Group, Inc.
Stanford S. Warshawsky
Sponsors in Germany
Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
Deutsche Bank AG
Goldman, Sachs AG
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 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 2016 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.
Sponsored by: The Holbrooke Research Grants are financed by contributions from Goldman Sachs and the Ford Foundation.