- June 29, 2019
- July 02, 2019
In June, the Aspen Institute Germany, in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Foundation of Germany, organized its second trilateral conference with Members from the U.S. Congress, the Russian Duma and Federation Council, and the German Bundestag in Berlin. After a successful launch of the format in 2016, this year the focus was again on picking up threads of discussion and discussing current problems in a trusting and non-public dialogue. Topics ranged from issues of arms control and the European security architecture to the Middle East and international trade. The moderated discussion between the delegations focused on exploring the scope for action and possible solutions regarding these pressing issues. A round of competent academics from the participating countries, specially selected for this purpose, helped to find appropriate entry points and to stimulate the necessary discussion between the parliamentarians. The format was judged by all sides to be very enriching and it was advocated to keep the discussion channels open and to strengthen them.