New York University's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Deutsches Haus at NYU present a panel discussion on the 2016 presidential elections on the night before millions of Americans go to the polls.

Rivals for the White House
Rivals for the White House

     NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Deutsches Haus at NYU will present a panel discussion on the 2016 presidential elections on Monday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. – the night before Election Day – to take a look back at the campaign and a tentative look into the future under a new administration. The event will be held at 42 Washington Mews (at the corner of University Place), New York, N.Y.

     The distinguished panelists have all been keenly observing this extraordinary campaign. Yet, with their backgrounds from German speaking countries, they are also bringing an outside perspective to the discussion. We will touch on issues of domestic and foreign policy and ask what the campaign can tell us about the way the world sees the United States.

     Georg Heindl is the Consul General of the Republic of Austria at the Austrian Consulate General in New York. Georg Heindl studied law at the University of Vienna and holds a doctorate from there. He has held numerous positions in the Austrian Foreign Service, including positions in Dakar, London, and Moscow. Before appointed as the Consul General to New York, Georg Heindl was the Austrian Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

     Dietmar Rieg is the President and CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York. Before that, Dietmar Rieg was the General Manager of BayernLB’s branch in New York. Between 2006 and 2008, he worked at the bank’s headquarters in Munich. He had previously spent 13 years with the bank’s branch in New York. During that time, Dietmar Rieg held positions as Second Vice President of the Credit Analysts Group, Account and Relationship Officer for German desk, Vice President of Structured Finance Americas, and Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Banking Americas. Dietmar Rieg holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Tübingen, Germany, and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

     Dominik Tolksdorf, based in Washington, D.C., is the Program Director for Foreign and Security Policy at the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America. Prior to joining the foundation, Dominik Tolksdorf worked for think tanks in Munich, Brussels, Paris, and Washington, focusing in his research on Eastern Europe, EU foreign policy, and international conflict resolution. Dominik Tolksdorf holds a PhD in Political Science from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and an MSc in European Politics, Economics and Law from the University of Turku (Finland).

     Kathrin Werner
is the New York correspondent for Germany’s biggest quality daily newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. After studying law in Hamburg, she joined the Financial Times Germany before reporting from New York with a special focus on business and economics.

     Christian Martin (moderator) is the Max Weber Chair of German and European Studies at NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Kiel (Germany). Christian holds a doctorate from the University of Konstanz. Before joining NYU, Christian Martin was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute in Jena, an assistant professor at the University of Hamburg, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. His current research project is on backlashes against globalization and EU integration.

     Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat. Thank you!

     The Night Before Election Day: The 2016 Campaign and America’s Image in the World is a DAAD-sponsored event.


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