Jul 14, 2017
Tonight, in cooperation with the Aspen Institute and the American Academy Berlin, the German-American Fulbright Commission co-hosts a dinner for Rahm Emanuel, the 55th mayor of the city of Chicago. As Mayor, Rahm has introduced accountability measures to ensure educators have the resources to succeed. He has also attracted investment to Chicago, encouraged the next generation of start-ups and invested in the infrastructure, public transportation and open space in the city. Before, Emanuel served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and as White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama.
In this evening's Berlin roundtable, Rahm will meet members of the Transatlantic Strategy Group, which brings together foreign policy and security experts from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss, from the vantage point of the American heartland, the current state of international affairs.
The study trip of Chicago's mayor is yet another testimony to what could become a renewed regional interest in connecting internationally. Only last week, the Aspen Institute hosted Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, on his brief tour of Europe as he tried to round up support for L.A.'s Olympic bid for 2024/28, attract investments and seek direct connections between L.A. and Berlin, two partner cities and metropolitan regions.
Photo credit (picture Eric Garcetti): Aspen Institute