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In 2018, the people of Tennessee elected Marsha Blackburn as first woman to represent the Volunteer State in the United States Senate. She serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee, and the prestigious Judiciary Committee. In 2019, Senate leadership handpicked Marsha to chair the Judiciary Committee’s “Tech Task Force,” a roundtable-style working group charged with exploring issues related to Big Tech’s influence on American culture and the global political economy. Before her election to the Senate, Marsha represented Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.Senator Blackburn has always taken a holistic view of the threat from China. Throughout her career in the United States Congress, she has consistently raised concerns about the outsized role of China in 21st century international politics, even as our nation’s outlook has shifted toward an era of Great Power Competition.Her leadership philosophy is based on her experiences in the private sector as a small businesswoman and author, and as a mother and grandmother.
Reinhard Bütkofer is a member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA). He sits on the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), where he serves as Greens/EFA foreign affairs spokesperson, and on the Committee on International Trade (INTA) as a substitute member. He is the chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China as well as a member of the Delegation to the United States and a substitute member of the ASEAN Delegation.From 2012 to 2019 he was co-chair of the European Green Party. Before getting elected to the European Parliament in 2009, Mr. Bütkofer was the co-chair of the German Green Party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN from 2002 until 2008. He was the party’s secretary general from 1998 until 2002. Prior to that he served as the chair of the Greens in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. His engagement with the German Greens began when he was elected as a member of the city council in Heidelberg in 1984.Mr. Bütkofer is also a member of the Europe/Transatlantic Advisory Board and the General Assembly of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the NABU Club, the German-Israeli Society, and the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum, as well as the DGAP and the IISS.
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Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu has served as minister of foreign affairs of Taiwan since February 2018. He has held several senior positions in government over the past two decades, including secretary-generals to the president and of the National Security Council, and minister of the Mainland Affairs Council. He also served as representative to the United States. Dr. Wu held an academic position in the National Chengchi University in his early career. A graduate of the National Chengchi University, Dr. Wu earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science respectively from University of Missouri-St. Louis and Ohio State University.
Noah Barkin is a senior visiting fellow in the Asia Program based in Berlin. He specializes in Europe’s relationship with China and the implications of China’s rise for the transatlantic relationship. Noah is also managing editor in the China practice at Rhodium Group. Prior to joining GMF, Noah had a 25-year career as a journalist in Berlin, Paris, London, and New York. His work has appeared on Reuters, where he served as a bureau chief, regional news editor, and roving Europe correspondent, as well as in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and Politico, among other publications. In 2019 he was a visiting fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington. He is also a host on KCRW, an NPR-affiliated radio station in Berlin, and the author of a book on the euro. A native Californian, Noah has a bachelor's degree in political science and French from UC Berkeley and a master's in international affairs from Columbia University.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer started her political engagement in 1981 when she joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). She subsequently held various political posts at local level in the Saarland. In 1998, she was a member of the German Bundestag and from 1999 to 2018 a member of the Saarland state parliament.From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer was minister of the interior and sport in the Saarland. She served as the Saarland minister of the interior, family affairs, women, and sport from 2004 to 2007 and as minister of education, women, family affairs, and culture from 2007 to 2009. After her term as minister of labour, family affairs, preventive action, social affairs, and sport from 2009 to 2011, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer was elected minister president of the Saarland in 2011. She held this office until 2018. At the same time, she was minister of justice from 2011 to 2012 and minister of science and research from 2012 to 2018 in her state’s government.Since 2010, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer has been a member of the Executive Committee of the CDU Germany. She was the chairwoman of the CDU Saar from 2011 to 2018. She was elected secretary general of the CDU Germany in February 2018 and chairwoman in December 2018.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been federal minister of defence since July 2019.
Frederik Pleitgen is a senior international correspondent based in CNN's Moscow bureau. In more than 14 years with CNN he has reported on stories as diverse as the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Georgia, elections in Iran and Myanmar, as well as major stories in the United States, United Kingdom, and his native Germany. Prior to joining CNN, he worked in the political unit at German public service broadcaster ZDF and had previously worked at private news broadcaster N-TV as a reporter and executive producer. Pleitgen also has spent time working for RTL and TV Berlin.Pleitgen studied North American studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn and at Free University Berlin.