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German Ambassador to Discuss Trans-Atlantic Partnership Sept. 15 at UW

September 2, 2016
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Peter Wittig

Peter Wittig, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States, will give a free public presentation on the trans-Atlantic partnership Thursday, Sept. 15, at the University of Wyoming.

Wittig will discuss “A World in Turmoil -- The Importance of the Trans-Atlantic Partnership in the Context of Global Crises” at 9:30 a.m. in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, Global and Area Studies Program, International Programs Office and through a German Campus Weeks grant from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Emphasizing the continuing importance of institutions, such as NATO and the European Union, Wittig will discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by current events in the trans-Atlantic partnership, and the special roles of Germany and the United States.

He has served as German ambassador to the United States since April 2014. Before that, he was German ambassador to the United Nations in New York and represented Germany during its tenure as a member of the United Nations Security Council in 2011-12. There, he drew on his wide expertise in United Nations matters, having previously served as director-general for United Nations and Global Issues at the German Foreign Office in Berlin.

Wittig has served at the embassy in Madrid; as private secretary to the foreign minister at the headquarters, then located in Bonn; and as ambassador in Lebanon and in Cyprus. He was the German government special envoy on the “Cyprus question” (the division of Cyprus). Before starting his career in the German Foreign Service, Wittig studied history, political science and law at Bonn, Freiburg, Canterbury and Oxford universities and taught at the University of Freiburg.

For more information, contact Jean Garrison, UW Global and Area Studies Program director, at (307) 766-6119 or

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