Josef Braml

Josef Braml

Expert on the USA, Geopolitics & Geo-Economics

Speaker biography

Dr. Josef Braml has been worked at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) since October 2006, first as Managing Editor and Editor of the Yearbook on International Politics and since June 2019 as Director of the Americas Program. Since January 2020, he has also been the Secretary General of the German Group of the Trilateral Commission.

Since 2021, he has been contributing his more than 20 years of research and experience in academic policy advice to teaching and research at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and helping to establish a transatlantic research and advisory focus at the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS).

Josef Braml is one of the most renowned U.S. experts of our time and knows the decisive forces in the power structure of American business and politics better than almost anyone else. As an employee of one of the leading U.S. think tanks, consultant to the World Bank, legislative advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives, and staff member of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), he has gained great international renown for his expertise in the field of U.S. foreign and security policy and its socio-economic foundations. In his widely acclaimed publications and lectures, he analyzes with great perspicacity the political, economic and cultural sensitivities of the United States and its influence on the rest of the world.

Speaking topics Josef Braml

  • American ideas of world order and transatlantic relations
  • Security, energy and trade policy of the USA
  • The American patient – risks and market opportunities in the USA
  • World political changes: Geopolitical opportunities and risks
  • Europes unity as a success factor in global competition with America and China
  • Economic and domestic policy framework of American foreign policy
  • Who controls the Internet – The role of the USA
  • The Transatlantic Alliance in the Post-Trump Era
  • The Shift of World Powers: USA vs. China

Those who want to gain a deep insight into the American soul and society will listen to Dr. Josef Braml spellbound. Eloquent and well-founded, he describes interrelationships and their consequences, which reach far into our everyday lives, and does not shy away from speaking plain language.

Josef Braml was a research fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (2002-2006), project manager at the Aspen Institute Berlin (2001), visiting scholar at the German-American Center (2000), consultant at the World Bank (1999), guest scholar at the Brookings Institution (1998-1999), congressional fellow of the American Political Science Association and legislative advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives (1997-1998).

Josef Braml received his doctorate in political science, sociology and French cultural studies at the University of Passau in 2001. He studied languages, economic and cultural studies at the University of Passau and the Université de Nice – Sophia Antipolis and completed a bank apprenticeship.



Josef Braml über deutsch-amerikanische Beziehungen
Josef Bramml: Wer beherrscht das Internet


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