Featured Partner: The German Marshall Fund of the United States
July 12, 2019
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a Think Tank founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to the Marshall Plan assistance. With its headquarter in Washington DC and seven offices across Europe GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic.
GMF’s core mission is promoting and strengthening transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan. GMF contributes research and analysis, and convenes leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers.
Since the end of World War II, the United States has been one of Germany’s closest partners and relations between their two governments have been strong. But cooperation at the top has only been one part of the equation. Personal relations between people on both sides of the Atlantic have been critical in shaping this bond.
Germany – Country. Ally. People.
Connecting Military Communities on Both Sides of the Atlantic
The American military presence in post-war Germany served as a strong bridge between the two cultures for decades. With U.S. troop numbers stationed in Germany steadily declining, one of the more permanent German-American connections is waning. GMF’s Germany – Country. Ally. People. project aims to engage U.S. military personnel and their families in non-coastal and rural America to revive this important intercultural link.
As part of the Year of German-American Friendship, GMF is organizing several speaker tours this fall that will connect notable retired U.S. military officials with military and veteran communities across the United States. In a town hall format, former U.S. military leaders will speak about their personal relationship with Germany and discuss the importance of close bilateral relations within NATO. GMF experts will join the conversation to offer a distinctly German perspective.
Wunderbar Together sat down with GMF’s President, Karen Donfried, to talk about the importance of transatlantic relations.
To learn more about the GMF, please visit http://www.gmfus.org/