Panel discussion

Panel discussion on 30 September 2021

2:00pm-3:00pm BST

Four days after the German federal election, three experts will share their thoughts on the results and their implications for German-UK & German-US relations.



Jeffrey Rathke, President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining AICGS, Jeff was a senior fellow and deputy director of the Europe Program at CSIS, where his work focused on transatlantic relations and U.S. security and defense policy. Jeff joined CSIS in 2015 from the State Department, after a 24-year career as a Foreign Service Officer, dedicated primarily to U.S. relations with Europe. He was director of the State Department Press Office from 2014 to 2015, briefing the State Department press corps and managing the Department’s engagement with U.S. print and electronic media. Jeff led the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he was deputy chief of staff to the NATO Secretary General in Brussels. He also served in Berlin as minister-counselor for political affairs (2006–2009), his second tour of duty in Germany. His Washington assignments have included deputy director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs and duty officer in the White House Situation Room and State Department Operations Center.

Mr. Rathke was a Weinberg Fellow at Princeton University (2003–2004), winning the Master’s in Public Policy Prize. He also served at U.S. Embassies in Dublin, Moscow, and Riga, which he helped open after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Mr. Rathke has been awarded national honors by Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as several State Department awards.


Florian Ranft, Head of Programme Economic and Social Transformation, Das Progressive Zentrum, Berlin

Florian Ranft is Head of Programme Economic and Social Transformation and focuses on inclusive growth and the future of work. In previous capacities, he was Head of Policy and International at Policy Network, and a Senior Research Analyst at the Centre for Progressive Policy, both think tanks based in London. Previously, he was a researcher and lecturer in political sociology and international relations at the Universities of Frankfurt and Greifswald.


Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett, Doctoral Researcher, University of Leeds

Chantal Sullivan-Thomsett is a PhD Researcher at University of Leeds and an Hourly Paid Lecturer in Contemporary German Politics at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses on the contemporary German Green Party, party member activism and the relationship between institutional and extra-institutional involvement in protests. She is one of the co-convenors of the PSA German Politics Specialist Group and has provided media commentary on the German Greens to international radio, print and digital media.


Moderated by Josefin Graef, Co-convener of the German Politics Specialist Group