On September 14, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Kent D. Logsdon hosted a panel discussion, followed by a reception, at the U.S. Embassy in honor of 25 years of the Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellowship (TDF) exchange program between the German Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Department of State.
Moderated by the executive director of the Aspen Institute in Germany, Rüdiger Lentz, panelists Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Europe at the U.S. State Department, Conrad R. Tribble, and Andreas Michaelis, Political Director of the German Foreign Ministry, discussed the current state of the transatlantic relationship and honored the importance of the TDF exchange program. Approximately 60 guests, including several German and American program alumni, attended the event.
In his welcome remarks, Chargé Logsdon thanked the Auswärtiges Amt for its ongoing commitment to this exchange, and noted that as someone who started his Foreign Service career in Germany, he was particularly proud that this exceptional program was a German-American idea. “This program is indeed a unique professional opportunity for diplomats to personally gain a better appreciation and understanding for how allies and partners formulate and implement foreign policy.”