The New Traditions Network
The New Traditions Network (NTN) is a dynamic group of political, academic and cultural institutions, foundations, and corporations in Germany and the United States of America cooperating together to promote the transatlantic dialogue. The network offers this community a common forum aiming to create new vehicles for dialogue and partnerships as well as new channels and modes of coordination and cooperation. It is open to any organization that is active in promoting U.S.-German relations.
The NTN has recently been expanded to include organizations from or affiliated with Canada in order to facilitate an even broader dialogue on transatlantic issues.
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Berlin coordinates the network and maintains the website.
The NTN emerged from a series of conferences about the future of German-American relations after the departure of the Allied Forces from Berlin, the New Traditions Conferences, which took place in 1994, 1998 and 2000. Building upon the strong traditions Americans and Germans have established since World War II, experts and multipliers from the transatlantic community came together to discuss the importance of the German-American dialogue and develop new strategies for collaboration.
In September 2000, the U.S. Embassy Berlin and a number of other renowned German-American institutions launched the New Traditions Network as a platform for continued professional dialogue and collaboration on transatlantic issues. Major themes include security policy, e-commerce and global capital markets, immigration and integration policy, climate and environment, education and civil society.
The NTN communicates mainly via email and meets several times a year to give opportunity for person-to-person networking and to welcome new partners. The partner organizations alternate as hosts for these meetings, allowing each organization to introduce itself to the other partners and present its relevant programs at its own location.
Network projects involve at least two partner organizations cooperating together to develop common activities and to reach out to other actors and organizations in the rapidly changing transatlantic environment.