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National Guard soldiers stand outside the Capitol building ahead of Inauguration Day.

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Analysis & Opinions

Inauguration Day: The USA between fear and hope

| Jan. 20, 2021

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday. He inherits a deeply divided country where one in ten people is starving. How can he get America back on its feet? Christian Wildt talks about this with the German-American political scientist Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook. [translated from German; in German]

The US flag flies in front of the US Capitol dome on December 24, 2008 in Washington, DC.

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Analysis & Opinions - Westdeutscher Rundfunk

"No Easy Task for Biden"

| Jan. 20, 2021

Joe Biden wants to overcome the division of the country as the new US president. "Biden will not win certain groups. But he has to be able to live with that. He has to make politics for the winnable middle," says political scientist Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook. [translated from German; in German]

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Harvard Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy Project Fellows Appointed to Key Foreign Policy Roles in Biden Administration

Jan. 19, 2021

Cambridge, Massachusetts – The Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center congratulates three of its non-resident Fellows who have been named to key roles on President Joe Biden’s national security and foreign policy team: Jake Sullivan, incoming National Security Advisor; Victoria Nuland, incoming Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; and Amanda Sloat, incoming Senior Director for Europe at the National Security Council.

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook on Das Erste

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Analysis & Opinions - ARD Online

Donald Trump's Final Days: Can a Change of Power Succeed Without Further Violence?

| Jan. 18, 2021

Storming the Capitol, shaking democracy - how dangerous are the days ahead of the transition of power for the United States? And even if Trump leaves the Oval Office, will he remain an eternal divider? Does the poison of his lies continue to have an effect in America, and does it perhaps continue to serve as a model for populists abroad? [translated from German, interview in German]

Washington, DC Prepares For Potential Unrest Ahead Of Presidential Inauguration

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Analysis & Opinions - ZDF Heute

Fear of Riots in the USA

| Jan. 17, 2021

Three days before Joe Biden's inauguration as the new US Presiden, the fear of another escalation of violence is great. How threatened is the transition of power? Political scientist Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook and Washington reporter Alica Jung weigh in. [translated from German; interview in German]

US President Donald Trump looks on after talking to the press before departing from the South Lawn of the White House on July 19, 2019, in Washington, DC.

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

Trump has trashed America's most important alliance. The rift with Europe could take decades to repair

| Jan. 16, 2021

The presidency of Donald Trump has left such a wretched stench in Europe that it's hard to see how, even in four years, Joe Biden could possibly get America's most important alliance back on track.

President Trump Signs Executive Order On Transparency In Federal Guidance And Enforcement

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Analysis & Opinions - Deutschland Funk

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook: "To protect democracy as such, the President must be stopped."

| Jan. 13, 2021

Harvard Kennedy School political scientist, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, attaches great importance to the new impeachment process. On Deutschlandfunk she said: “It's about the oldest functioning democracy in the world. It is about the status of the United States' global role model.” Which system will set the credible international frame for the future - authoritarian China or democracies like the USA and Europe? She added: "To protect democracy as such, the President must be stopped." [from German; interview in German]

Storming of the U.S. Capitol


Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Kennedy School

What ails American democracy, and what to do about it

| Jan. 13, 2021

Harvard Kennedy School faculty share insights into the evident fragility of American democratic norms and institutions following the attack on the United States Capitol by followers of President Trump. These essays examine the nature and scale of the threat and weigh potential avenues for protecting and nurturing democracy. They were written before the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Trump on Wednesday for the second time.

House Votes On Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump

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Analysis & Opinions - Allgemeine Zeitung

Trump impeachment: "To give up now would be completely irresponsible"

| Jan. 12, 2021

In eight days, the term of office of President Trump ends in America. Now, the Democrats want to remove him from office. Today the FAZ Podcast for Germany welcomes Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook to discuss the opportunities and risks of impeachment.  [translated from German, interview in German]