Constanze Stelzenmüller will discuss the outcome of the German national elections held on September 27, 2009. German Chancellor Angela Merkel emerged as a victor in Sunday's elections. Mrs. Merkel will lead a coalition government comprised of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Constanze Stelzenmüller is a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States' Berlin office and a former Wilson Center public policy scholar. An expert on German foreign policy, transatlantic relations and international security, she previously directed GMF's Berlin office, and covered a broad range of defense, foreign policy, and security-related issues for the German weekly Die Zeit. Stelzenmüller earned a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn, as well as an M.A. in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She has been a Remarque Fellow at New York University and a GMF Campus Fellow at Grinnell College in Iowa.