DAZ Stuttgart
Freitag 28.01. 10.00 Uhr

Democratic Diplomacy: A Transatlantic Conversation

Part of: What about Democracy?

Location: Zoom
Duration: 10:00-11:30
Registration: Please register here for the event. 

Are you a student studying political science, history, or American Studies or interested in foreign relations? Then this is your chance to talk to U.S. and German diplomats about the importance of diplomacy for democratic processes and international cooperation. In addition, we will talk about the question of how to convey democracy in countries without basic democratic structures.

With: Peter Adams, Federal Foreign Office; Karl McNamara, Political Section, U.S. Embassy Berlin
Moderated by: Andy Halus, Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt
In cooperation with: Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg


Peter Adams

Peter Adams works at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin as Desk Officer for transatlantic relations. A lawyer by training, he has been working in the German Diplomatic service since 2006. He was posted to Damascus/Syria from 2008-2010 heading the German Embassy’s team for Cultural Affairs and the team for Legal and Consular Affairs. After a paternity break, he worked at the Foreign Office’s Legal Department in Berlin (2011-2014) and the German Embassy in Dublin/ Ireland (2014-2017) before returning to Berlin to work in the teams for nuclear disarmament (2017-2019) and transatlantic relations (2019-2021). Peter is married and has four children.

Andy Halus

Andy Halus is the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany and leads his team’s efforts to advance U.S. foreign policy and interests through various educational, cultural, and press programs. From 2015-2018, he served as the Director of the Dar America, the U.S. cultural center in Casablanca, and the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca, Morocco. Before arriving in Casablanca, he was the Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, Iraq from 2013-2014. He served in Washington, DC from 2011-2013 as the Deputy Spokesperson for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. From 2009-2011, he was the consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. His first assignment was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the Embassy’s Deputy Spokesperson. He joined the Foreign Service in 2006, and he is a proud alumnus of the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program. He hails from Hershey, Pennsylvania and is married to Roel Garcia Serrano from Madrid, Spain.

Karl McNamara

Karl McNamara is a member of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin’s political section, focusing on German foreign policy with East Europe. Previously, Karl served in U.S. embassies in Moscow, Russia and Yerevan, Armenia, and was a foreign policy advisor to U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Karl has also worked in the Office of Russian Affairs and for the Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asian Affairs in Washington, DC. A native of Minnesota and Wisconsin, Karl also spent his childhood years in Almaty, Kazakhstan.