Podcast (Audio only)

Germany is deeply engaged in trying to resolve the crisis with Ukraine and Russia, with Chancellor Angela Merkel holding the record for the most number of phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. What is Germany's leverage? What are her interests? Are there divergences in German and US policies with regard to Russia and Ukraine in this crisis? Join us for a discussion of these and other related issues with the former German Ambassador to the US, Klaus Scharioth.


Dr. Klaus Scharioth served as German ambassador to the United States from 2006-2011. He is currently director of Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs. He studied law in Bonn, Geneva, and Freiburg, as well as international relations, international law, international finance, and economics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Law School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds M.A., M.A.L.D., and Ph.D. degrees in addition to the German Law Degree. In 1976, he joined the German Foreign Service. Since then he has held posts around the world, including Quito, Ecuador; the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations, New York, chef de cabinet (director of the private office) to the NATO Secretaries General Wörner, Claes, and Solana; and also in Germany as head of the foreign minister's staff and as head of the North America and Security Policy Directorate. From 1999 to 2002, he headed the Political Directorate-General and was political director of the German Foreign Office. From 2002 until March 2006, Dr. Scharioth served as state secretary, the highest civil service post in the German Foreign Office.