When Muddling Through Makes Sense: The West and Ukraine


The recent international agreement in Geneva does very little to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, but it has bought time for all parties involved. The Russians will likely try to consolidate their presence in the east of the country, which, contrary to Moscow’s expectations, does not seem to be enthusiastic about the… Read more >

German/U.S. Data Transfers: Crucial for Both Economies, Difficult to Regain Trust


There has been a heated transatlantic debate on cyber issues since Edward Snowden’s release of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents last year that described various surveillance activities, including the collection of information from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. These revelations have strained the relationship between the two countries and have sparked… Read more >

The End of Innocence. The 9/11 Generation in Germany and the United States

How can we explain the idea that the September 11 attacks generated a new generation in Germany? We know that there is a 9/11 generation in the United States. They are characterized by a willingness to serve in the military, homeland security, and the intelligence services. This is unlike the Vietnam generation…. Read more >

Putin’s Predicament: What is to be done?


Vladimir Putin is tracking another Vladimir—this one with the last name Lenin—who published a pamphlet in 1902 called “What Is to Be Done: Burning Questions of Our Movement.” That Vladimir was laying out the need to form a Marxist vanguard to convince Russia’s workers to follow him and the party. One hundred… Read more >

Outgunned and Without Friends: If Russia Attacks Openly, Ukraine’s Military Will Be No Match for Putin’s Forces

“To be in this government is to commit political suicide,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk as he became Ukraine’s emergency prime minister seven weeks ago. That was just after Viktor Yanukovych’s riot police had killed more than seventy pro-democracy demonstrators in Kiev in cold blood and the incumbent president had fled to Russia. The… Read more >

On Morality and Mistakes: Did the West Provoke Russia over Ukraine?

It is quite impressive, surrealistic even, that while the Kremlin is amassing 40,000 troops in southwestern Russia, close to the Ukrainian border, and sending unidentified military or paramilitary troops to foment troubles and sow chaos in eastern Ukrainian cities, some politicians and intellectuals in Europe and the United States are pondering the… Read more >

Why Telling Japan’s Prime Minister to Stop Going to the Yasukuni Shrine is Not Enough

On March 6, the Obama administration sent a strong message to Japan and South Korea to work out their differences on historical problems. Speaking on Japanese television, U.S. Ambassador to Tokyo Caroline Kennedy said, “I’m sure President Obama will be very, very happy with the progress they will make.” The strong American… Read more >

Reconciliation Means Having to Say You’re Sorry


Responding to China and South Korea’s budding interest in Germany as a contact point for resolving disputes with Japan, Director of the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman argues that, although Germany has not jumped at the opportunity to share its insights, East Asia is right to look… Read more >

You Are the Model: What Asia Can Learn from Germany


In the aftermath of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where war criminals from World War II are also buried, Director of the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman emphasizes that Japan cannot ignore reconciliation with its neighbors. Laying out a point-by-point path… Read more >

Can the Transatlantic Partnership Manage Trust and Confidence during Cyber Challenges?


Download Full Analsyis Abstract: Turning twenty-five this year, the internet revolution is the largest experiment in ungoverned space in history. Yet, as it continues to transform our world, this explosion in connectivity still raises significant questions about and vulnerabilities in how we have organized ourselves and work through shared challenges. For example,… Read more >


Between Tokyo and Berlin: The Art of Dialogue in Reconciliation

Discussing the differences in and implications for reconciliation in Europe and Northeast Asia, Seunghoon Emilia Heo focuses on the need for leadership and dialogue to overcome past conflict. True dialogue, she finds, requires a lessening of old expectations and an attitude of acceptance. Only by doing so can Korea and Japan overcome… Read more >


Joern Quitzau

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Joern Quitzau (PhD, University of Hamburg) is a Senior Economist at Berenberg, Germany’s oldest owner-managed private bank. In addition, he is a lecturer at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He specializes in economic trend research and economic policy and has been working on several aspects of the European integration for more… Read more >


The Role of Jewish and Muslim Communities in the Politics of Germany and the U.S.

Jewish and Muslim communities are two of the most politically-active minority groups in the United States and Germany. This half-day workshop will examine how these groups impact domestic and foreign policy issues and what common challenges they face in their interaction with the broader public, the government, and each other. It will provide a forum for leaders from both communities to compare their experiences and assess their role in politics.


MdB Schockenhoff Discusses Outlook for Foreign Affairs under Grand Coaliton

Member of German Parliament (CDU) Andreas Schockenhoff emphasizes that we can expect continuity in the Grand Coalition’s foreign affairs. He also notes the Ukraine’s independence from Russian pressure tactics and the crucial importance of resolving the NSA scandal in this interview.

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Russia’s New Challenge to Europe

As it becomes clear that Russia is forging a new geopolitical landscape in Eastern Europe, Europe and the United States have grappled with the question of their response to this unexpected development. AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Ulrich Speck argues that the West must first accept that, despite two decades spent with open arms,… Read more >

Why Companies Should Invest in the Caribbean Workforce

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Germany’s dual education and apprenticeship system has kept unemployment comparatively low through the financial crisis and helped businesses that invest in Germany to thrive. This can and should be adapted to fit other regions of the world with a consideration for the different education systems and industrial comparative advantages. But to do… Read more >

AICGS Notizen Daily: April 17, 2014

A snapshot of “the Latest in German-American Relations,” this aggregate of major news and analysis across all issue areas will appears on the AICGS Notizen Blog at mid-day (EST) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Eliminating Greenhouse Gases…One Car at a Time


In response to the increase in car congestion and global warming, many countries have been trying to reduce car usage in various ways. In February 2003, London introduced a toll for motorists driving within central city limits between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm, with additional fines for motorists who… Read more >

AICGS Notizen Daily: April 16, 2014

A snapshot of “the Latest in German-American Relations,” this aggregate of major news and analysis across all issue areas will appears on the AICGS Notizen Blog at mid-day (EST) on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.